Hot summer forecast could lead to blackouts in Victoria, energy operator warns

Source: ABC News

4th December 2019

The reliability of Australia’s power supply is at risk during the coming summer due to ageing coal plants, and it could have major repercussions to our household electricity supplies.

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has warned that up to 1.3 million Victorian households could remain without power on extreme weather days, unless major generators such as AGL’s Loy Yang are repaired and supply is improved.

This comes despite 3700 megawatts of generation, primarily from rooftop and grid-scale solar, added into the national energy market in the past year. 

One contingency plan set up by the operator is Load Shedding, that is cutting supply to limited customers in order to maintain the supply and demand balance. 125 megawatts of reserve is secured in Victoria, but the state’s Energy Minister, Lily D’Ambrosio, said the state still doesn’t think we are in “a sound position for anyone to give guarantees [about power]”.

AEMO’s chief executive officer Audrey Zibelman did note however that “AEMO has worked diligently to prepare the power system appropriately, including the procurement of emergency resources”.

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