17 JANUARY 2014
ELECTRICTY RESERVES IMPROVE BUT EXTREME WEATHER ENSURES CLOSE MONITORING CONTINUES
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) advises electricity reserves have improved for Victoria and South Australia as more electricity generation is made available today. However AEMO is closely monitoring the potential impacts of extreme weather conditions and bushfires around the electricity network.
Based upon the current forecasts of generator availability and consumer demand, load shedding is now considered a lower probability, however this situation could change at any time due to factors such as unforseen plant outages due to extreme weather conditions and bushfires.
Yesterday evening, Victorian electricity consumption topped 10,300 megawatts (MW), the highest level of electricity use during the hot spell this week. In South Australia, electricity consumption exceeded 3,280 MW, again the highest point for the week.
The 570 MW Loy Yang A3 plant in eastern Victoria is now back in service and the electricity supply demand balance has improved.
Although load shedding (intentional power disruptions needed to stabilise the entire electricity network) in Victoria and South Australia is now less probable, some areas may experience localised interruptions as a result of the continued extreme conditions.
A combination of hot weather, high electricity use and generation plant outages triggered the potential for load shedding to occur in parts of South Australia and Victoria this week, however no load shedding has occurred to date.
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AEMO operates the National Electricity Market (NEM) and power system, supporting 19 million people across Australia’s eastern and south-eastern seaboard.
AEMO operates the Victorian Declared Wholesale Gas Market as well as the
Victorian gas transmission system. It also manages the wholesale gas Short Term Trading Market (STTM) hubs in South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland.