11/21/2013 06:36 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST

Alberta Sets New Electricity Record With Frigid Temperatures This Week

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CALGARY - For the second time this week, Alberta’s demand for electricity has reached an all-time high.

According to the Alberta Electric Operator, it hit 10,677 megawatts at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening.

Spokeswoman Dawn Delaney says records are typically hit in the winter, but usually not this early in the season.

She says this shows power demand is growing fast, and will continue to go higher, as the province’s economy grows.

The operator asks that people reduce power use by running major appliances, such as clothes washers and dryers, after 7 p.m.

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