A dose of milder weather is likely being welcomed after SaskPower and SaskEnergy announced Tuesday records were broken during the recent cold snap..
Natural gas consumption in the province climbed to a new high of 1.50 PetaJoules between 9 a.m. on December 29 and 9 a.m. on December 30.
SaskEnergy says this broke the previous record of 1.43 PJ, set on December 26.
On average, a Saskatchewan home consumes about 102 GJ of natural gas each year.
In the meantime, SaskPower also announced Tuesday the province set a new power-use record.
At 5:42 p.m. on December 29, the total system load reached 3,792 megawatts (MW). The previous peak set on January 12, 2017, was 3,747 MW.
“We continue to see these records set every single year, sometimes multiple times in the same month, and there’s a good chance it will happen again before winter ends,” said SaskPower Vice-President of Transmission and Industrial Services Kory Hayko. “This is why we continue to invest roughly $1 billion every year to update and grow Saskatchewan’s electrical system. We need to make sure our growing province has the power it needs to thrive.”