businesses urged to reduce electricity use as temperatures soar

AEMO later enacted its Reliability and Emergency Reserve Trader program to ensure there were no large-scale blackouts or load shedding.

Under the RERT program, contracted companies are paid to reduce their electricity consumption or set up emergency supplies like diesel generators.

Queensland Energy Minister Mick de Brenni said power companies were working to reduce demand, with large industrial users being told to cut consumption during the Tuesday and Wednesday evening peak.

He also called on households to turn off appliances that were not needed.

“While we work with major electricity users to manage demand, households can also take simple steps to help, such as turning off appliances on standby and other appliances where it is safe to do so during peak hours. evening,” said de Brenni.

“Essential services such as hospitals, transport networks, ports, airports and other key infrastructure will remain online.”

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Energex may advise people not to use clothes dryers or pool filters when the heatwave peaks over the next few days.

“Think of your family, think of your neighbors and try to stay as cool as possible,” she said.

Powerlink chief executive Paul Simshauser – which controls the state’s long-distance transmission lines – said reducing power consumption in the late afternoon or evening would help reduce pressure on the network.

“We encourage electricity customers to reduce their energy use where it is safe to do so over the next two days,” he said.

“By reducing electricity consumption at home and in your workplace, the community can help ensure that the electrical system in Queensland remains safe.”

The chief executive of energy consultancy Global Roam, Paul McArdle, said that regardless of whether there was load shedding in Queensland, wholesale electricity prices would rise in Queensland from Tuesday after -midday.

“If that happened, it would be a 10-hour series of extreme prices that would blow the cumulative price threshold,” McArdle wrote on his Wattclarity website.

He predicted Queensland’s peak electricity demand would peak just short of the record high of 10,052 megawatts on February 13, 2019.

He said three coal plants – Callide C4, Callide B2 and Kogan – being offline were impacting reserves.

CS Energy managing director Andrew Bills said any decision to take a generating unit offline over the summer was not taken lightly and was working to minimize the downtime of the power plant.

“Our top priority is the safety of our people and our plant, and this maintenance cannot be deferred,” he said.

Brisbane’s temperature was expected to reach 36 degrees on Tuesday, with a slightly milder day on Wednesday.

Working in Queensland’s favor is that most people are still working from home and school does not fully return until next week.

An AEMO spokesman said if it continued in Queensland tonight it would be the first load shedding of the summer.

The spokesperson said high temperatures and unavailability of generation were the main reasons for LOR3.

The AEMO also issued a no reserve directive 2 for Wednesday, forecasting a shortfall of 273 megawatts.

The state-owned CS Energy C4 unit at the Callide power station is expected to be out of service for another year after a fire and explosion last year.

The C4 outage caused a statewide blackout.

The Callide C power plant is a joint venture between CS Energy and the international company InterGen.

The explosion of the Callide C unit on May 25 last year triggered a spike in demand for gas power.

They pledged to replace the C4 unit – the failure of which is being independently investigated – but said it would take Toshiba 18 months to manufacture and deliver a new turbine.

Mr. de Brenni, minister shareholder of CS Energy, also supported the return of the Callide power plant to full operation, saying that coal would play a crucial role in the state’s energy mix in the future.

The loss of full power from the 825-megawatt Callide C power station has contributed to a spike in wholesale power prices on the East Coast over the past year.

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