Queenslanders have just been informed that they are to expect a long, hot summer with higher than average temperatures and heatwaves. And their state government may demand that residents keep their air conditioners above 26°C.
It has been revealed that the State Government has approved a blueprint to enforce a set of extraordinary measures, after being advised summer electricity use would hit a new record.
The Summer Preparedness Plan, which has been drawn up by the Government’s Energy Security Taskforce states: “If you’re feeling the heat, our electricity network is feeling the heat, too…During a heatwave, residents may be asked to manage electricity network stress by changing air conditioners to 26 degrees or above and using cooling only in occupied rooms during peak hours.”
The plan also requests that workplaces “use air conditioning at 26 degrees only in occupied spaces, avoid using advertising lights and other non-essential lighting, and turn off non-essential electrical equipment.”
So far there has been no clear indication as to how this plan would be enforced, but as experts predict, limiting power supplies is likely to become a reality as excessive power usage continues.
Meanwhile, in Victoria, a trial is underway to pay residents to turn off their air conditioners during extreme heat, in an attempt to dodge large-scale blackouts this summer.
“To suggest that Victorians would have to shut off their air conditioners for a cash back rebate and sweat during the summer periods just to ensure blackouts are avoided is ridiculous,” Shadow Energy Minister David Southwick, said of the plan.
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