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Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
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June 03, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the DailyStats will examine a broader range of indicators to identify signals of rapidly changing economic activity.  

Electric power consumption (here shown as electric power available for use within a geographic area) aligns with broad economic activity.  There are distinct seasonal patterns to electric power volumes with peaks for most provinces in January.  

In March 2020, there was a total of 966,928 Megawatt hours of electric power available for use in Nova Scotia.  This was a 4.6 per cent decline compared to March 2019, but there were also fewer heating-degree-days (requiring electricity for heating purposes) in March 2020.

Compared with the usual January peak, Nova Scotia's electric power available for use was down by 13.0 per cent in March 2020.  Electric power available for use typically declines in Nova Scotia during February and March.  This year's decline is consistent with declines observed in 2018 and 2019.  

Source: Statistics Canada.  Table  25-10-0016-01   Electric power generation, monthly receipts, deliveries and availability; Environment and Climate Change Canada Monthly Climate Summaries

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