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.
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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