PowerStream reports that 4.2% less electricity was used in its service area during Earth Hour 2016 on March 19.
Earth Hour 2016 saw thousands of PowerStream customers, in the nine municipalities served by the electric utility, indicate their willingness to help fight climate change on by turning off their lights for 60 minutes to reduce electricity consumption.
However, the reduction of power usage for the PowerStream service territory was down by 1.8% from the previous year’s results.
PowerStream’s System Control Centre reported a service territory-wide 4.2% per cent electricity consumption reduction between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday (in comparison to a typical consumption pattern normall experienced on a similar type of day, taking into consideration the hour of the day, time of year and weather).
This was a decrease from the 6.0 per cent reduction achieved collectively last year by customers in PowerStream’s service territory during Earth Hour 2015.
The 2016 results represented a total savings of 43.0 megawatts (MW) in peak demand, or enough electricity to power 1,303 average-size homes over a 24-hour period.
The reductions achieved per municipality in 2016 were as follows:
In addition to reporting municipal power consumption reduction totals in its service territory, PowerStream supported Earth Hour 2016 by powering down the lights at its four work locations in Vaughan, Markham and Barrie. It also sponsors the Vaughan Earth Hour Lantern Walk and the Markham Earth Hour Lantern Walk.
Article courtesy of PowerStream, jointly owned by the cities of Barrie, Vaughan and Markham.