AEMO Monitoring Supply in Qld, NSW –

Households and businesses in NSW and Queensland remain on high alert despite electricity supply shortages easing overnight.

Power availability in both states came under threat on Monday after wholesale power prices spiked, triggering a price cap of $300/MWh.

As a result, some generator companies pulled out of the market, forcing Australia’s power market operator to intervene.


The AEMO continues to closely monitor electricity supply reserve conditions in Queensland and New South Wales and in the national energy market.

“It is possible that other states will also reach the (wholesale) threshold in the short term,” AEMO said Monday evening.

“Shortages of supply reserves are currently expected in Queensland and NSW in the coming days.

“However, this may change with price caps administered in other states.”

On Monday, the AEMO warned of potential power outages for Queensland’s southeast and east coast between 5.30pm and 8pm before successfully directing electricity generators to provide enough power to meet the request.

Residents were asked to turn down their radiators and turn off appliances to save energy.

The AEMO has also ordered generators to provide enough power in New South Wales to meet demand gaps, amid fears of load shedding.

Cuts to coal-fired power plants, while household heating demand is strong, put pressure on the electricity system.

Federal Minister Bill Shorten said the energy situation on Australia’s east coast was “not good”.

“The problem we have right now is because of the very cold weather,” he told Nine Network on Tuesday.

“You need what’s called dispatchable power. It’s power you don’t need…but when it’s really cold, that’s when you need it.

Powerlink Queensland, the government entity that owns and operates the state’s transmission network, said demand for Seven Network was high due to the cold snap.

“Our median demand forecast was around 7,500 MW, but we cracked 8,000 MW, which is around seven to eight percent more than we expected,” CEO Paul Simshauser said of the events. of Monday.

© AP 2022

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