Essential Energy on standby ahead of heatwave

WITH power usage expected to surge during the extreme heat forecast for the Clarence Valley this weekend, Essential Energy has postponed all planned power outages scheduled for today, Saturday and Sunday, except for emergency repair work.

Crews will instead be focusing on minimising the impact of power outages as a result of the heat, and will be on call to respond to any emergency network incidents.

An Essential Energy spokesperson said the extreme weather has also prompted the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to forecast a potential shortfall of generation capacity across NSW this afternoon.

"Essential Energy is planning and preparing the network to manage this situation by assessing all options for managing a potential loss of power supply to minimise the impact on our customers," the spokesperson said.

"We are working closely with the AEMO and TransGrid and will follow emergency communications protocols during any load shedding incidents."

To minimise demand on the network in the extreme heat, household tips for energy efficiency include:
1. Don't overcool your house, adjust air conditioners to 24 degrees or warmer.
2. Keep windows and doors closed and blinds and curtains drawn to keep heat out.
3. Keep the fridge temperature at five degrees and limit the number of times the door is opened.
4. Use fans rather than air conditioners.
5. Switch off lights and appliances when not in use.



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