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Manitobans break energy-use record

Manitobans broke a record for energy consumption during the bone-chilling cold in December. Sheldon Reynolds frosts up during his two-hour run at Kildonan Park Sunday.

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Manitobans broke a record for energy consumption during the bone-chilling cold in December. Sheldon Reynolds frosts up during his two-hour run at Kildonan Park Sunday.

We used more electricity than ever before during the December cold snap — but that shouldn't be a surprise.

Manitoba Hydro spokesman Glenn Schneider said Tuesday the province broke a record for energy consumption this month.

He said on Dec. 23 Manitoba reached an all-time peak level of electricity use of 4,547 megawatts. The previous record of 4,535 MW was set last January.

Schneider said the record power usage has to do with more people plus cold weather.

"In perspective, this is not startling," he said. "We usually set new consumption records year over year, as population continues to grow. It is obviously affected by cold weather as well."

Manitoba Hydro's total electric power generating capacity is 5,481 MW with 4,998 MW coming from its hydroelectric generating stations on the Winnipeg River and the province's north.

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We need to prepare for the grid to be down, just like it was, still is, in some parts of Quebec.

Scientists have repeatedly been warning that our antiquated grid system is NOT going to be able to meet the rapid global warming needs of our future.

Documentaries on CBC's The Doc Zone, The Passionate Eye, etc. have documented these concerns.

We have been addressing this as a family over the holidays and we are planning to look into alternate sources of heat and energy if and when this occurs here in Manitoba.

Scientists are warning and saying that this is INEVITABLE within our rapidly warming planet.

They have stated that our energy consumption needs within the future will also include trying to keep cool as the temperatures continue to rise across our planet.

They see this as a strain on the grid system that we have come to rely and be dependent upon and they are warning that we should become independent of the grid system and PREPARED for worst case scenarios, which they believe are inevitable in the uncertain days ahead.

In the US many individuals are purchasing generators that do not require batteries or electricity; manual generators is what I've been hearing about on the internet.

Germany is a country that is almost energy self-sufficient now.

Solar & wind energy has been encouraged, having a stove that you can cook on that does not require electricity, water purifying equipment, basic survival gear is seriously being sought out.

We would do well to prepare also.

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