NSW energy consumers asked to reduce demand over the next two days

The NSW Government is asking businesses and households to help reduce electricity demand during peak periods over the next two days which will see a heatwave of between 35 and 45 degrees across the State.

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Energy Minister Matt Kean said the conditions are putting pressure on the grid and has asked the NSW community to do their bit and reduce their electricity usage where possible, especially between 5pm and 9pm.

"The tight conditions in the electricity system in NSW, the ACT and Victoria are as a result of heat wave conditions causing consistent high demand, damage to transmission infrastructure in Victoria and mechanical problems at a number of the State's coal fired power stations," Mr Kean said.

Mr Kean called on consumers to take some simple steps to reduce electricity demand this afternoon including:

  • closing blinds, doors and windows to keep the heat out
  • switching off non-essential appliances or those not in use
  • turning off the pool pump if you have a pool
  • delaying using appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers and dryers until after 9pm
  • setting air conditioners to a minimum of 24 degrees, and only using air conditioners in occupied rooms.

"The peak period for power use in NSW is expected to last until 9pm today, according to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), and we're asking consumers to reduce their demand where possible and safe to do so.

"During similar heatwave incidents experienced in recent weeks, consumer response went a long way to reducing the load on the grid."

"With the community and the Government working together during this period of extreme weather we can help minimise disruption to the energy grid," Mr Kean said.

If you suffer from a medical condition and could be affected by the heat visit Beat the heat for tips on how to keep safe or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222 for 24-hour telephone health advice.

For energy saving tips, visit Energy NSW