16 JANUARY 2014
CONTINUING TO MONITOR ELECTRICITY SUPPLY AND CONSUMPTION
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) is continuing to closely monitor electricity supply and consumption over the coming days with high temperatures forecast to continue in Victoria and South Australia until the end of the working week.
Yesterday 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, however load shedding did not occur.
On Wednesday electricity consumption topped 10,000 megawatts (MW) in Victoria and exceeded 3,000 megawatts in South Australia. No records were broken in either state but electricity use is well above above what AEMO would expect on a typical day at this time of the year.
Some areas may also experience localised interruptions over the coming days as a result of the extremely hot conditions, and forecast high winds and lightning in some parts of Victoria and South Australia.
Current forecasts suggest continuing high electricity consumption for the remainder of this week, with consumption in Victoria expected to be more than 10,000 MW per day over the next two days (Thursday and Friday). Electricity consumption on a typical weekday at this time of the year in Victoria is around 6,600 MW.
In South Australia, AEMO’s current estimate suggests electricity consumption of around 3,200 MW per day for Thursday and Friday. Electricity on a typical weekday at this time of the year in South Australia is around 1,980 MW.
Load shedding can sometimes be required when there is an imbalance between electricity demand and electricity supply. When there is a shortfall in the electricity supply, there can be a need to reduce demand very quickly to an acceptable level, or risk the entire electricity network becoming unstable.
Load shedding, if required, generally begins with industrial and commercial customers prior to any residential customers being taken off supply.
Some areas may be experiencing localised interruptions to electricity supplies as a result of the current weather conditions.
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