Frigid air has invaded the Prairies and that has people struggling to stay warm. Temperatures are expected to remain in the -20's this week, feeling closer to -30 and -40 with the windchill.
While residents are encouraged to remain indoors as the temperatures plunge, the frigid conditions are already taking a toll on electricity demands.
On Sunday, Alberta reached an all-time high of 10, 315 megawatts during the evening hours. That broke a previous record of 10,236 megawatts set on December 14, 2009.
“A cold snap, reduced daylight hours and overall growing demand on the Alberta system are all factors that combine to push demand to record levels,” said John Esaiw, Director of Forecasting for the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) in a media release. Esaiw adds that Alberta typically sees a spike in electricity use during the winter months.
The AESO offers these tips for helping to reduce the demand on the electricity system:
Visit the Alerts section of our website for the up-to-date information on the conditions in your area.
Be sure to also tune into The Weather Network on TV as Natalie Thomas reports LIVE from Alberta this week.