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May 13 2020

Generators working to maintain secure supply

Generators have been doing everything possible to ensure power supply is maintained today as early extreme weather impacts Victoria, South Australia and other parts of the National Electricity Market (NEM).

The Australian Energy Council’s Chief Executive, Sarah McNamara, said the NEM continues to be under pressure during summer particularly where supply is tight and demand is high, but power station operators have been taking steps to be as prepared as possible.

“Continuous supply can never be guaranteed in any power system because unplanned outages can occur from time to time, both in Australia and overseas. Blackouts can also occur as a result of isolated faults caused by extreme conditions.

“But the community should feel confident that the industry is intent on maintaining the high level of service it has historically provided, despite difficult climatic conditions and a transitioning generation fleet.

“Plant operators have been undertaking plant and system maintenance in the lead-up to summer.

“Investment of more than $700 million by key asset owners on maintenance and upgrades this year demonstrates the industry’s commitment to delivering continuous supply for households and businesses,” Ms McNamara said.

Electricity demand has historically been highest on weekdays and usually at the end of a run of three or more hot days.

“Even with more solar panels in the NEM now, the increased demand from population growth and more widespread use of air-conditioners means very high demand periods are likely. The industry will continue to work closely with the market operator to manage these periods” Ms McNamara said.

About the Australian Energy Council

The Council represents 23 major electricity and downstream natural gas businesses operating in competitive wholesale and retail energy markets. These businesses collectively generate the overwhelming majority of electricity in Australia and sell gas and electricity to over 10 million homes and businesses.

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