Hydro-Québec: reduce electricity consumption amid extreme cold

Hydro-Québec is asking customers to reduce electricity consumption as the province faces some of the coldest weather it has seen in years.

The energy provider is predicting demand may beat historical peak consumption on Friday and Saturday.

An extreme weather warning is currently in effect as wind chill values are expected to reach between minus 38 and minus 50 until Saturday.

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That bitter cold will put pressure on heating systems of homes and buildings – which will increase the demand on the Hydro-Québec network.

They’re asking Quebecers to help alleviate this pressure by following some electricity reducing measures between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday and between 6 a.m. and noon on Saturday.

Specifically they’re asking Quebecers to reduce the heat in their residence by one or two degrees, use less hot water and postpone the use of major appliances such as dryers and dishwashers.

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