NSW electricity consumers asked to reduce their electricity demand

NSW residents are being asked to reduce their electricity demand as a result of the extreme bushfire conditions.

Minister for Energy and Environment Matt Kean, said: “The extensive bushfire activity in the Snowy Mountains and other areas of the state have had an impact on our electricity supplies.”

“The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), TransGrid and the NSW and ACT Governments are working closely to keep power supplies on, but due to today’s weather conditions as we approach the evening peak there may be a need to turn off power in parts of the network to keep the overall system secure.”

Mr Kean said: “We are asking all consumers to be mindful of any unnecessary electricity usage.”

Things you can do to help include:

  • making sure pool pumps are off
  • setting air conditioners to 24 or 25 degrees
  • not using washing machines, dishwashers or dryers
  • turning off appliances and lights in rooms that are not being used.

AEMO is also working with large load electricity customers to reduce their electricity consumption where possible.