Heatwave sets peak electricity demand record in Queensland

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Hot and humid conditions across Queensland on January 22 has led to a new peak in demand for electricity across the network, according to Powerlink Queensland.

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Temperatures soared into the high 30s, with some Central Queensland areas experiencing temperatures about 40 degrees Celsius.

Powerlink said that at 5pm on January 22, actual demand reached 11,005MW. The previous record was achieved on March 17, 2023 at 10,070MW. The record is an increase of 935MW or 9.3%.

Powerlink CEO Paul Simshauser said, “Powerlink’s network has performed well and has provided Queenslanders with reliable power while they beat the heat.

“All parts of the energy sector across the State have worked tirelessly through a day which promised to challenge the entire network.

“Keeping our network operating safely in extreme conditions is an outcome we plan for and are proud of.”

Meanwhile, crews are preparing for Tropical Cyclone Kirrily, which is expected to form within 24 hours before making landfall in North Queensland as a Category 3 system.

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The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting Tropical Cyclone Kirrily will reach wind speeds of up to 120km/h before heading south and drenching a vast portion of the state.

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