Prince Rupert residents used more electricity during Earth Hour than they had during the same time period on previous Saturdays.

Prince Rupert residents used more electricity during Earth Hour than they had during the same time period on previous Saturdays.

Earth Hour saw an increase in electricity usage in Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert and Port Edward residents actually used more electricity during Earth Hour, or Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Prince Rupert and Port Edward residents actually used more electricity during Earth Hour, or Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., than the last six weeks of collected data of the same time period (using a weather-adjusted, time series forecasting model).

The communities increased their energy usage by 0.3MWh (or 1.4 per cent) during Earth Hour.

That trend continued across northern B.C. Northern BC Hydro customers used 3.4 megawatts (or 0.4 per cent) more power than the same time period a week ago, compared to the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Southern Interior, which all reduced their electricity consumption.

The Lower Mainland led the way, using 16.5 megawatts less than the average time period. Overall, B.C. saved 24 megawatts of electricity during Earth Hour, reducing B.C.’s electricity load by 0.3 per cent – the equivalent of turning off 1.1 mullion LED light-bulbs.

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