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February 23, 2017 - 2:30 PM
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) can confirm that at no point during the heatwave impacting Australia’s eastern states in mid-February did AEMO ask, instruct or direct load shedding in Victoria.
Load shedding in North West Victoria would only have occurred to protect the power system from overloading. AEMO reiterates, the Victorian power system remained secure throughout the heatwave without the need to shed load.
AEMO acknowledges that on 10 February, the North West region of Victoria’s power system was under strain due to increased demand as a result of the hot temperatures, but can confirm that at no point was there a direction to shed load in the region.
AEMO’s recently published System Event Report, New South Wales, 10 February 2017 reported the interconnectors between Victoria and New South Wales were at, or above capacity, and therefore Victoria could not supply any further surplus energy to New South Wales.
AEMO will not be making any further comment on this issue.
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