470,000 Queenslanders were affected by a power cut after a power station caught fire on Tuesday afternoon. They are now asked to reduce their energy output to reduce the stress on the system by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).
Good news for Whangārei, a total of 9000 households have received back electricity after experiencing a lack of it on Saturday evening due to a massive power cut. Northpower said the “major fault” happened at the Kensington substation and arose due to an issue with the 33kV busbar.
Central North Island was hit by a power cut on Monday. Transpower notified the public that an investigation has been started and is continuing to shed light on the power cut that affected about 4000 properties.
It has been reported by the federal energy market operator that if the Yallourn coal-fired power plant won't be replaced soon, a decade of frequent power cuts will await Victoria, AU. Precautions have to be taken.
After a series of power outages caused by storms, bushfires and cyclones, Western Australia has declared its will to implement in large scale also abroad a completely off-grid system of energy distribution.
In Rotorua, the closed museum undergoing renovations suffered a power failure to its power generator. The Rotorua Lakes Council arts and culture was informed by a tripped fuse. The generator costed $17,000 and the temporary power supply $7,000 to the ratepayers.
It is has been reported that if rain will not arrive in the next few months in New Zealand, the population and infrastructure of the country will have to face two major problems. One is higher prices for the consumption of energy.
The second which maybe is even larger, will be a series of blackouts in the country. The tide is certainly out at Lake Pukaki. Storage levels across the South Island's hydro lakes are around two-thirds of what they usually are supposed to be.
Rain could rebalance the situation by rising the water storage levels so to rehabilitate power production and therefore supply major areas in the country with energy. The experts say that there is nothing to worry for the moment but the potential threat of blackouts remains, with the dry patterns forecast to stick around for at least the first half of winter.