Powerlink, the company tasked with maintaining and managing Queensland’s high voltage network, has today issued a statement with Powerlink Chief Executive Paul Simshauser asked Queenslanders to reduce their electricity consumption over the next two days.
Queensland is forecast to reach an electricity peak demand later today of 10,032 MW, very close to our 2019 record of 10,044MW and well above our 2021 peak of 9,450MW.
Mr Simshauser said by reducing electricity consumption – especially in the afternoon and evening – people can help to ensure that available supply is used in the fairest and most efficient manner across industry, the community and essential services.
“We’re encouraging electricity customers to reduce their energy consumption where safe to do so over the next two days,” Mr Simshauser said. “Your safety and wellbeing is important so only reduce energy consumption if it is safe to do so. We appreciate your efforts in reducing power use.
This all coincides with several large generators undergoing emergency maintenance in the middle of heatwave conditions across Queensland.
“Unfortunately Queensland has several large generators undergoing emergency maintenance which has reduced available supply, Mr Simshauser said. “We will keep Queenslanders informed through our communication channels and the media. I strongly encourage all Queenslanders to keep up to date and consider how you can help by reducing your electricity consumption to prevent outages. “In the event of supply outages, it is important to note emergency services and other priority groups such as hospitals and nursing homes will be given priority access to electricity supply to ensure that crucial services are available. “We appreciate the cooperation and patience of all Queenslanders while we manage this high demand event.”