Summer heat leads to Sydney, Central Coast outages

Yesterday’s high temps saw 23,000 homes and businesses across Sydney and the NSW Central Coast affected by power outages, reported ABC Local News.

Ausgrid crews worked throughout the afternoon to restore electricity to almost 4000 homes and businesses in Punchbowl and Bankstown, while on the Central Coast approximately 3600 homes and businesses were left without power in parts of Narara, Blue Haven and Green Point.

A further 1600 homes and businesses were affected in Erina and Green Point.

“Demand is running higher than … this time last week on the network,” Ausgrid spokesperson Zoe Allebone said.

“The network is definitely operating within capacity, so at this stage we don’t believe that it’s an issue to do with the load on the network.

“Obviously on such a hot day we understand it’s very inconvenient for our customers to have the air-con go off, or the fan go off, and we do apologise for that inconvenience.”

Ausgrid is still investigating the cause of the blackouts in each of the areas but has said there were a number of different factors at play, including damage to powerlines at Punchbowl and Caringbah.