Ontarians sweltering in a prolonged heat wave face brownouts and rotating blackouts if they do not cut power consumption over the next five days, the province's electricity supply manager warned yesterday.
"We're in a situation that isn't going to go away immediately -- it's going to be around as long as this heat wave lasts," said Terry Young, spokesman for the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).
"What you are seeing is a continued strain on the power system."
The province has been setting new records for electricity demand in a summer that has already prompted Toronto's medical officer of health to declare heat alerts on 22 days. Yesterday was the eighth consecutive day of the latest extreme heat alert, which is declared when a prolonged period of high temperatures means the likelihood of a weather-related death exceeds 90%.
Electricity demand peaked at 25,857 megawatts yesterday at 4 p.m. Demand for power reached a new record last Wednesday, when it rose to 26,170 megawatts, up from the previous record of 26,157 on June 27. Prior to this year, the record high for electricity demand was set on Aug. 13, 2002, when it peaked at 25,414.
Stock up on candles and flashlight batteries.
The article says we can look forward to more comfortable temperatures later in the summer.
Works for me.
Did you notice how I avoided the temptation to say something snarky about climate change?