Canada vs. USA Final Made Power Consumption Jump by Around 600 Megawatts in Ontario

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Who knew a hockey game could be so energy-intensive? According to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) that oversee's the power grid in Ontario and balances supply and demand, the final hockey game of the Vancouver Olympics (Canada vs USA) created a spike of about 300 megawatts in the province, with additional "similar increases" occurring during commercial breaks because at that time people usually open the fridge to get more beer, make some popcorn, flush the toilet (did you know your toilet uses power? water is pumped using electricity), etc.
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The same phenomenon no doubt took place in the rest of the Canadian provinces, and to a lesser extend in the USA and other countries, and while not everybody's as crazy about hockey as Canadians, the Superbowl or World Cup have the same effect on power consumption.

"Electricity consumption dropped off shortly after 22-year-old Sidney Crosby scored the game-winning goal at 7:40 in overtime, approximately 5:40 p.m. in Ontario."

I guess that's not good for the talking heads who do endless debriefing at the end of such games...

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The IESO concludes with: "Consumer behaviour has a significant impact on the demand for electricity," said Mark Wilson, Manager of System Operations at the IESO. "The patterns we saw yesterday are very different from the demand profile for a typical Sunday in late February."

Via IESO, Clean Break
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