Extreme demand for electricity as temps soar

THE ELECTRICITY network is currently under extreme demand as temperatures continue to soar to unprecedented levels across Southeast Queensland.

Peak times for electricity use in Summer is identified as being between the hours of 4pm and 8pm as thousands of people turn on air-conditioners, TVs, washing machines and other appliances in the home.

The network demand meter (pictured) shows the current demand for electricity in South East Queensland.


4.20pm demand reading: 4096(MW) – EXTREME
4.30pm demand reading:
4127(MW) – EXTREME
4.40pm demand reading: 4102(MW) – EXTREME

Record summer peak: 4760 (MW) Summer 2009/10

During summer between 4pm and 8pm, you can help reduce peak demand by taking some simple actions.

1) Use the dishwasher outside peak times.
2) Hang your clothes out on the line during the day.
3) If you need to use your air-conditioner, set it to 24 degrees and turn other appliances you’re not using off.
4) Use the BBQ instead of your oven or cooktop.
5) Turn off TVs and other appliances when you’re not using them.