With the windchill plunging into the -40 C range and with limited daylight hours, Alberta set three records in a row for electricity consumption. The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) said the province used a record hourly average amount of electricity between 5 and 6 p.m. on Dec. 8, reaching 11,442 megawatts (MW). That number surpassed the Dec. 7

record of 11,404 MW and the Dec. 5 record of 11,400 MW. The AESO said the uptick in demand was due to “cold weather, reduced daylight hours and the convergence of Christmas lighting load at homes, businesses, malls and buildings across the province. READ MORE