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B.C. is using more power than ever during summer—so as the province flips on the A/C, we break down the system that helps us keep our cool

34% of B.C. households used air conditioners in 2017, 3X MORE than in 2001

A/C accounts for about 20% of provincial power consumption, or 1,300 megawatts on the hottest days of summer

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7,800 Highest peak hourly summer power demand to date in B.C., set on July 30, 2018

Days last July with peaks over 7,000 megawatts: 14

Average from 2015-17: 8.7

AVERAGE ELECTRICITY PRICES IN VANCOUVER, IN CENTS PER KILOWATT-HOUR, 2017:
RESIDENTIAL: 11:3
INDUSTRIAL: 7.05

13.5 megawatt hours:  B.C.'s annual per capita electricity consumption in 2016
8th in Canada
9% lower than national average

IN 2016, B.C.'S TOTAL ENERGY DEMAND WAS MET BY

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17,701 megawatts:  B.C.'s power-generating capacity, 2017

11%  of Canada's total electricity generation

4th-largest electric power producer in Canada, after Quebec, Ontario and Alberta

Capacity expected to be added when Site C comes online 
1,100 megawatts

16  Prospective geothermal energy sites in B.C.

ESTIMATED GENERATING POTENTIAL OF 1,000 TO 3,000 MEGAWATTS

ESTIMATED CAPITAL COST FOR A 100MW GEOTHERMAL PLANT: 
$40 MILLION