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Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
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August 04, 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 May 2020, there was a total of 675,850 Megawatt hours of electric power available for use in Nova Scotia.  This was a 19.3 per cent decline compared to May 2019, the largest decline among provinces.  Heating degree days* were also down in Nova Scotia on a year-over-year basis, but this is less important for electricity in spring and summer months.

Nova Scotia's electric power available for use in April and May declined by more than the usual amount for these months of the year.

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

*Note: heating degree days measured at the largest airport location; heating degree days are considerably lower in April and May than in winter months.

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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