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Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
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October 05, 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 July 2020, there was a total of 746,162 Megawatt hours of electric power available for use in Nova Scotia.  This was a 5.6 per cent decline compared to July 2019.

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, but in June and July was more consistent with the same months in previous years.

Across Canada, electric power available for use fell within previously observed seasonal patterns for all but two provinces. Ontario reported electricity available for use that was well above previous July observations, which pushed national electricity available for use above previous July observations.  Prince Edward Island's July electricity available for use was below levels observed in the same month of recent years.

Source: Statistics Canada.  Table  25-10-0016-01   Electric power generation, monthly receipts, deliveries and availability

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