A big thank you to everyone !
On Monday morning, February 2nd, as outside temperatures hovered around -22C accompanied by strong winds, a consumption peak of 88.4MW was recorded for the Hydro Westmount distribution network, very close to its critical threshold. An alert was issued to residents that afternoon asking them to reduce their electrical use, resulting in a much more manageable peak of 85.6MW at 6 p.m. On Tuesday morning, February 3rd, with conditions similar to Monday’s weather (-21C with strong winds), we recorded a power consumption peak of 85.6MW – a 3% reduction compared to the same period on the previous day.
Power use in excess of 90 MW can overload Westmount’s network and cause service interruptions. In addition, the cost of using additional energy during peak winter periods is extremely high, and borne by Hydro Westmount and its customers. Because of your efforts this past Monday and Tuesday, everyone benefits. We encourage you to continue lowering your electrical consumption during the peak hours of 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m. when the outside temperature falls below -18C.
Hydro Westmount sincerely thanks you for your collaboration!
Benoit Hurtubise, ing., MBA
Director, Hydro Westmount