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
Households can manage their electricity usage by:
Commercial businesses can manage their electricity usage by:
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"