Today, the ABC tweets that a new record temperature (45.7 degrees C) has been recorded at Observatory Hill (more here on the ABC website). As would be expected, these extremes have driven electricity demand into the red zone, as shown in this snapshot from NEM-Watch at 15:05 (NEM time):
As clearly shown in this snapshot:
1) Demand in NSW has reached the extreme levels, but not quite the record level set in that hot week of February 2011;
2) Demand in QLD is also relatively high; however
3) Modest demand in VIC, SA and TAS mean that the NEM-wide demand, whilst creeping upwards, has not yet reached the levels achieved yesterday.
It seems like there will be more of this to come through the summer…
PS – the NEM-wide demand peaked today at 31,096MW (at 15:40) whilst the NSW regional demand peaked a little earlier (at 15:15 NEM time) at 13,857MW – which was less than 800MW from the record