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February 10, 2017 - 11:30 AM
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) continues to forecast tight electricity supply conditions for New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) for today, Friday, 10 February 2017, following prolonged high temperatures across the region and forecast increasing electricity consumption.
AEMO has today published further market notices advising generators and market participants of forecast potential electricity supply shortfalls in NSW/ACT during today’s afternoon peak, from approximately 15:30 Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) to 17:30 AEDT, which may trigger the need for localised load shedding to rebalance the power system and protect the region’s electricity network from long-term and/or prolonged damage.
When there is a shortfall in the electricity supply, there can be a need to reduce demand very quickly to an acceptable level, known as load shedding, or risk the electricity network becoming unstable. AEMO continues to work closely with the NSW government, generators and network businesses in the region to manage these conditions and minimise the impact to consumers.
Whether load shedding is required depends on a combination of factors during the forecast evening peak demand period, including electricity consumption levels, weather temperatures and supply availability.
Load shedding arrangements vary from state to state, but the objective of rotational load shedding is to minimise the impact on any one group of customers. Sometimes rotational load shedding is not an option – for example, if the supply-demand balance changes rapidly, then load shedding can happen almost instantly.
If consumers can safely reduce their electricity consumption during periods of high demand, this can ease the supply/demand balance and can mitigate the need for load shedding.
AEMO continues to closely monitor energy supply and demand across the National Electricity Market and publish updates accordingly.
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