Everyone must have had the same thing on their minds Monday night: cool down!

BC Hydro says it set a new record for summer power consumption when peak hourly demand – the hour that customers use the most electricity – reached 7,851 megawatts.

“Electricity demand increased by 12 per cent over last Monday’s peak demand of 7,022 megawatts,” BC Hydro said in a statement. “The energy required to serve the 829 megawatt increase in demand represents the equivalent of running seven Ruskin Generating Stations at full capacity.

The new summer record breaks the previous record set on Aug. 11, 2014 of 7,468 megawatts by almost 400 megawatts.

It is the second power consumption record broken this year. On Jan. 3, BC Hydro recorded the highest ever peak hourly demand at 10,126 megawatts

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