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Australia Is About To Enter The Summer Residents Or Face Greater Risk Of Power Outages
- Sep 08, 2017 -

Australia in September coincided with the warmer weather of the spring, and about to enter the summer months in the next few months. Australia's energy market operations agency (AEMO) said Australian residents may have to pay a higher electricity bill this summer and face a greater risk of power outages, mainly due to deep energy structures in the national electricity market and, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Supply problems.


Following the large-scale blackouts in South Australia in September 2016, the Australian residents are likely to suffer another time at the same time as a more expensive electricity bill. According to AEMO, the probability of a blackout in South Australia this year is 26% to 33% in the absence of government energy plans and power operator contingency measures, with the probability of a shortage of electricity in Victoria being 39% to 43%.

At the same time, the agency also said that with the coal-fired power stations are shut down, the Australian power system has lost a stable source of power supply, power security precarious. At present, AEMO has developed a power strategic reserve plan, trying to reserve 1,000 megawatts of electricity to prevent the situation of electricity shortage this summer. The plan will pay for the use of diesel generators and surplus-fueled gas-fired power plants as a source of standby power generation to secure electricity supply in the event of a power shortage.

However, AEMO also admitted that if the high temperature weather swept the state this summer, or other problems in the power system, then the power reserve and standby power still can not maintain the next few months of electricity consumption. In addition, AEMO pointed out that Australia's electricity reserve plan at least need to continue to 2021, and with the second largest railway station in L22 in 2022 closed, the Australian power problem is likely to become increasingly serious. It is expected that Australia may need to reserve 1,000 megawatts of electricity to survive.

To this end, the Australian government is making every effort to introduce new energy policies to cope with the power shortage caused by the closure of coal-fired power plants. The AEMO report suggests that the government can upgrade coal-fired power stations or extend the life of power stations to help the electricity market transition to new energy sources.

However, the new energy power generation is also facing difficulties and challenges. The AEMO report also shows that while new investments in the new energy sector continue to drive more low-cost energy into the electricity market, new energy sources do not guarantee all-weather power supply without electricity storage. And the new energy construction is not overnight, it can not quickly solve the current Australian power system facing the urgent needs.