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Manitobans break energy-use record

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Manitobans broke a record for energy consumption during the bone-chilling cold in December. Sheldon Reynolds frosts up during his two-hour run at Kildonan Park Sunday.

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Manitobans broke a record for energy consumption during the bone-chilling cold in December. Sheldon Reynolds frosts up during his two-hour run at Kildonan Park Sunday. Photo Store

We used more electricity than ever before during the December cold snap — but that shouldn't be a surprise.

Manitoba Hydro spokesman Glenn Schneider said Tuesday the province broke a record for energy consumption this month.

He said on Dec. 23 Manitoba reached an all-time peak level of electricity use of 4,547 megawatts. The previous record of 4,535 MW was set last January.

Schneider said the record power usage has to do with more people plus cold weather.

"In perspective, this is not startling," he said. "We usually set new consumption records year over year, as population continues to grow. It is obviously affected by cold weather as well."

Manitoba Hydro's total electric power generating capacity is 5,481 MW with 4,998 MW coming from its hydroelectric generating stations on the Winnipeg River and the province's north.

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