Energy Supply Interruptions Possible

Energy Supply Interruptions Possible


The Australian Energy Market Operator has issued a notice to all energy users in Queensland and New South Wales. Energy users are being warned of potential blackouts with a power shortage expected tonight.

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has issued a 'lack of reserve' forecast, meaning demand is likely to outstrip supply in the two states.

What Happens if Demand Exceeds Supply

If demand outstrips what is being generated, load shedding will happen to protect the network.

If load shedding occurs, AEMO may disconnect power to certain customer types or areas. Power will be automatically re-connected once the network is restored.

Help Conserve Power

  • In Queensland: Queenslanders are being urged to conserve electricity or face shedding in the states from 5pm until 11pm.
  • In New South Wales: People in New South Wales are asked to conserve power from about 8pm tonight.

Households can manage their electricity usage by:

  • considering the number of rooms being heated by air-conditioners
  • turning off computers, TVs and other household appliances in stand-by mode
  • turning off your pool pumps and second fridges

Commercial businesses can manage their electricity usage by:

  • considering the amount of interior and advertising lighting used
  • turning off advertising lighting and any unnecessary exterior lighting

Drew McKillican, Executive Manager of Energy said "This is a very unfortunate event and one we expect the market operator to do everything within its authority to avoid. Customers should be comforted knowing that the energy operator will likely prevent unscheduled outages, but customers should be prepared just in case"

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