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Canberrans urged to continue reducing electricity use this afternoon
Friday 10 February 2017
Canberrans are being urged to keep reducing their electrical use as much as possible given the ongoing risk of supply shortfalls later this afternoon.
“We’ve been in conversations throughout the day with the Australian Energy Market Operator. There remains a possibility of supply shortfalls in Canberra especially from mid to late afternoon,” Director-General, Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate Dorte Ekelund said.
Ms Ekelund said that any disruption would see ‘rotational load shedding’ to electricity supply.
“Load shedding occurs when the electricity supply to customers is interrupted because the electricity demand is higher than what the electricity system can supply at that particular time,” Ms Ekelund.
“If there is a disruption this could result in selected residential areas being switched off for a period of up to two hours on a scheduled basis.
“To help reduce the risk of this occurring, it is important households and businesses continue to do what they can to limit their electrical use. Despite the efforts people are making, the extreme heat means electricity usage is up about 15% on yesterday.
“We want people to still remain cool given the extreme heat but there’s several simple steps people can take to reduce the strain on the electricity system.”
Tips for residents to reduce electricity include:
Tips for businesses to reduce electricity include:
“With expected peak demand between 4.30 pm and 6.30 pm, it would also be great if workers can do things like turn off their lights and appliances on their way out of the office or building today which will also reduce energy use over the whole weekend.”
Ms Ekelund also encouraged workers to be mindful of their safety during the heat.
Tips for workers and employers:
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