On the morning of January 30th when it was minus 42, a new consumption record was set, exceeding generating capacity by 5%. The new hydro dam is clearly needed, though renewables and battery storage could go a long ways too.
"Manitoba Hydro has set a new all-time record for electrical consumption.
The utility says that record was set Wednesday morning with a peak load of 4,924 megawatts. The previous record was 4,801 megawatts, set January 13, 2017."
It got as warm as minus 16, now it’s about to get cold again, mid to low minus 30s in coming days…