Another all-time natural gas usage record has been broken, for the fourth time in a week.
SaskEnergy reports last year's record was first broken on Christmas Eve day, then again on the 25th and again on Boxing Day. The December 26th record was broken in 24 hour periods between 9 a.m. December 29th and December 30th. The consumption record set last year was 1.33 PetaJoules and now sits at 1.5 PetaJoules of natural gas, because of the extreme cold temperatures and the high consumption from customers, especially industrial customers and power plants. SaskEnergy says new records are being set not only because of the weather but because of an increase in population, so there are more customers.
SaskPower also hit a new record. At 5:42 p.m. on Friday, December 29th, the total system load reached 2,792 megawatts. That's an increase of 45 megawatts over the previous demand record set last January. SaskPower spokesperson, Kory Hayko, says that's equivalent to the electricity required to power 45,000 homes. The summer record was broken twice in July and then again in August with a peak load of 3,470 megawatts.