Queensland heatwave could spark drastic energy-saving plan

If you’re guilty of setting your aircon to anything less than 26 degrees, you better watch out.

It has been revealed that Queenslanders could be asked to ensure their air conditioners are set to 26 degrees this Summer as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s Power System Summer Preparedness Plan, The Courier Mail reports.

It’s understood the government fears a high demand of electricity in the hotter months would bring on blackouts, which is why they have reportedly enforced the new energy-saving plan.


According to TODAY Show reporter Jess Millward, the plan also includes asking businesses to ensure their advertising lights are switched off at night and restricting pool pumps.


The government released a statement a short time ago, assuring Queenslanders that the state’s electricity network is summer-ready following the delivery of the expert plan.

“While the Australian Energy Market Operator has predicted that Queensland’s electricity supply is secure and ready to meet customer demands for many years to come, the Palaszczuk government isn’t taking any chances with our energy security over the summer peak demand period,”  the statement reads.

“That is why our Energy Security Taskforce was established, and asked to prepare this plan”.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt and Energy Minister Mark Bailey today unveiled the findings from Queensland’s new Power System Summer Preparedness Plan prepared by the newly formed Energy Security Taskforce.

Mr Pitt said the plan focusses on the critical issue of power system security and reliability.

“The report demonstrates that the state has more electricity supply than ever before to help meet peak forecast summer demand levels,” Mr Pitt said.

“Queensland regularly experiences higher temperatures during the summer months and extreme weather events which place a higher than usual demand on our electricity network.

“The plan has been developed to firstly assess, and then ensure Queensland is well-prepared for the electricity demands the summer weather may bring.”

Taskforce Chair Terry Effeney said the plan was developed in consultation with government owned and private electricity generators, Powerlink, Energy Queensland and AEMO, and it details short term risks and opportunities to maximise generation availability.

“The plan ensures the state’s transmission, state interconnector assets and distribution network are going to be ready for the summer,” Mr Effeney said.

“The plan outlines how the state’s increasingly diverse mix of electricity will improve resilience to power system risks such as heatwaves and natural disasters, or unforeseen system failures.”

Mr Bailey said despite the secure supply, Queenslanders can also help by being vigilant with their power use this summer which will also help reduce their power bills.

“We can’t change the fact that Queensland will continue to have heatwaves and extreme weather events, and while we cannot predict every risk scenario the Taskforce has presented a way forward for the short and medium-term,” he said.

“To further strengthen our network security the plan includes the expansion of the PeakSmart program into regional Queensland, which offers cash incentives of up to $400 to consumers to encourage the installation of energy efficient air conditioners.

“This program rewards households for helping to keep our grid secure by reducing demand at peak times in a way that most households don’t even notice.”