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Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
Tel: 902-424-2410Email: thomas.storring@novascotia.ca

July 03, 2020
ELECTRIC POWER, APRIL 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 April 2020, there was a total of 770,588 Megawatt hours of electric power available for use in Nova Scotia.  This was a 12.0 per cent decline compared to April 2019, despite a rise in heating-degree-days* (requiring electricity for heating purposes) in April 2020. 

Nova Scotia's electric power available for use in April declined by more than the usual amount for this month of the year.

Across Canada, electric power available for use fell within previously observed seasonal patterns for all provinces except Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.

*Note: heating degree days measured at the largest airport location

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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