British Columbians made dismal Earth Hour attempt

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B.C. set a record year for Earth Hour electricity savings, but not the kind of record to be proud of.

The 2015 Earth Hour numbers from March 28 have been released by B.C. Hydro, showing the province set a record for lowest megawatt savings since the event began in 2008.

From 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night, British Columbians saved a total of 15 megawatts of electricity by shutting off their lights for one hour, lowering the provincial energy load by 0.2 per cent. The number is equivalent to turning of 680,000 LED bulbs.

During 2014’s Earth Hour, British Columbians reportedly saved 65 megawatt hours of electricity and reduced the province’s energy load for one per cent; equal to turning off 1.4 million lights. Though the number is impressive, it is only half of what British Columbian’s saved in 2013 – 136 megawatt hours or two per cent of the province’s energy load – and the second lowest amount since 2008.

Earth Hour savings by year:

  • 2015: 15 megawatt hours or 0.2 per cent reduction in overall provincial load
  • 2014: 65 megawatt hours or 1 per cent reduction in overall provincial load
  • 2013: 136 megawatt hours or 1.95 per cent reduction in overall provincial load
  • 2012: 121 megawatt hours or 1.67 per cent reduction in overall provincial load
  • 2011: 117 megawatt hours or  1.8 per cent reduction in overall provincial load
  • 2010: 64.6 megawatt hours or 1.04 per cent reduction in overall provincial load
  • 2009: 72.67 megawatt hours or 1.1 per cent reduction in overall provincial load
  • 2008: 125 megawatt hours or 2 per cent reduction

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