Australia On High Alert For Possible Power Blackouts Tuesday 14/6/22

Australia On High Alert For Possible Power Blackouts Tuesday 14/6/22

Australia’s east coast is bracing for possible power blackouts, with the market operator directing energy providers in two states to ramp up energy supply.

Outages at coal-fired power plants, at the same time that household heating is in high demand, is putting pressure on the electricity system.

Queensland is at risk of a significant power disruption between 5.30pm to 8pm, with NSW also on high alert from 7pm on Tuesday due to a predicted supply shortfall.

On Sunday night, the Australian Energy Market Operator took the step of limiting Queensland wholesale prices at $300 per megawatt hour.

Similar caps were imposed in Victoria and South Australia in 2019.

AEMO also ordered generators to supply electricity in Queensland and NSW to meet demand gaps, amid fears of load-shedding.

“To maintain power system security and reliability, AEMO has directed some generators to continue meeting consumers’ demand to improve reserve conditions,” a market operator spokesperson said.

“At this time, there is no impact to consumer supply.”

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