Electricity emergency

Gas emergency

Canberrans asked to voluntarily reduce their electricity use tonight


15 Jun 2022

We’re asking all Canberrans to be mindful of their energy use tonight as the National Electricity Market (NEM) faces supply pressures.

This is due to a combination of wholesale electricity prices disrupting energy trading, and colder temperatures leading to a spike in demand for electricity. Ways to reduce your energy consumption include:

turn off unnecessary lights
reduce use of heating (set temperature to 20°C or lower)
minimise use of cooking equipment
consolidate refrigeration and turn off unnecessary fridges
reduce use of dishwashers, clothes dryers, vacuum cleaners and second television
reduce use of pool pumping and heating operation
reduce use of TVs or computers for game purposes.

We know it’s cold in Canberra at the moment, and we want to assure customers they can keep their heaters on. By setting heaters to below 20°C, it means homes will remain warmer than outside while also reducing our collective energy use.

In the most extreme cases, we may be directed by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to immediately begin supply interruptions. This is called ‘emergency load shedding’. We hoping to avoid unexpected interruptions to our electricity supply, and a reduction in electricity use by customers will help to reduce this risk.

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