This report provides information on the operation of the National Electricity Market (NEM) and national power grid in New South Wales on Friday 10 February 2017, during a heatwave in eastern Australia.
On Friday 10 February 2017, the eastern Australian states of South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland all experienced high summer temperatures. Temperature forecasts for New South Wales were overall lower during this day than actual temperatures.
New South Wales operational demand (energy demand provided from the grid) peaked at 1630 hours (hrs) at 14,181 megawatts (MW).
The New South Wales record peak operational demand was on 1 February 2011, and was 14,744 MW. The New South Wales Government publicly encouraged customers to reduce electricity use. AEMO observed demand reductions of approximately 200MW below forecast at the time of peak demand on 10 February 2017, which may have been due to customer responses. However, AEMO cannot measure or verify the extent of the response.