THE Queensland Government says it is confident its robust electricity network will be able to keep up with today’s extreme demands as the state bakes in summer-like heat.
The mercury is forecast to max out at around 35 degrees in Brisbane today, 39 in Ipswich and 38 in Nerang.
It comes after towns out west recorded temperatures well above 40 degrees yesterday. Birdsville recorded a top of 42.7 degrees – that’s the hottest temperature ever recorded in Queensland during the month of September.
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Energy Minister Mark Bailey said Queensland’s electricity network was ready to respond now and during summer.
“During the summer heatwave earlier this year, Queensland reached a new electricity demand record of 9369 megawatts,” Mr Bailey said.
“However, when Queensland hit the maximum demand level, the state still had 548 megawatts in reserve capacity – even when the mercury was soaring.
“The state’s network providers Powerlink, Ergon and Energex, along with the state’s electricity generators are ready to meet the demand.
“In Queensland we have a diverse mix of electricity generation, including baseload coal-fired, gas and hydro generation, complemented by other renewables including wind and solar.
“This diversity means Queensland’s electricity network is ready to meet the expected customer demands for electricity during our hot weather.”
Mr Bailey said Queensland’s electricity supply was secure and predicted to meet peak demand in all forecast scenarios for many years to come.
“The Australian Energy Market Operator’s 2017 Electricity Statement of Opportunities confirmed this,” he said.
“But we’re not taking any chances, which is why we will shortly be releasing the Summer Preparedness Plan under the Powering Queensland Plan to put in place measures to make sure Queensland’s households and businesses enjoy a secure and reliable supply of electricity over the peak demands of the summer period.”
Queenslanders are being urged to use their electricity wisely during the summer-like weather.
“For instance, if you are using your air-conditioner please set it at 24 degrees so it runs more efficiently which will also help your electricity bill,” Mr Bailey said.
“What we can’t change are the continued heatwaves and other extreme weather we experience in Queensland.
“But I can assure Queenslanders we are doing everything possible to keep the power on this summer.”