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Electricity demand record set within Alectra Utilities’ service territory

The heat wave that has been scorching southern Ontario over the past few days, along with today’s record temperature, have increased electricity consumption in Alectra Utilities’ service territory resulting in the municipally-owned utility reaching a milestone today for peak demand.

Alectra’s System Control at 3 p.m. reported an electricity peak demand level for its service territory of 5,056 megawatts (MW), exceeding the previous peak demand record of 4,666 MW set on September 25, 2017.

Peak demand for an electric utility’s service territory occurs at a point in time when total consumption by residential and business customers is at its highest level.  Increased electricity consumption during heat waves is mostly driven by air conditioning use.

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