Spring Equinox and the impact on electricity generation
The Northern hemisphere celebrated the Spring Equinox on the 20th March, meaning that warmer temperatures and longer days are on the cards for several countries in the northern half of the planet. For many, the extended daylight hours will be the biggest enjoyment as the Equinox starts to introduce more light-filled hours in both the morning and the evening.
Some areas in northern countries such as Canada and Greenland see no sun over the winter months, and during this time electricity output is at an all-time high. With the shortest days in December, Canada saw an electricity generation of 60,948 GWh in December 2016. This is the highest production Canada has seen in December in the last 5 years with December in 2011 only generating 54,839 GWh of electricity.
In comparison, with a similar population number and located in the Northern Hemisphere but closer to the equator, Morocco only produced 2,157 GWh of electricity in December 2013 compared to Canada’s 60,400 GWh. The lowest electricity generation Canada has generated in the last decade was 39,913 GWh in September 2010.
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