Sydney power under threat as fires destroy substations

Sydney (AFP) – Electricity supplies in Australia’s most populous state, including its largest city Sydney, were under threat on Saturday after bushfires took out two substations with authorities warning of rolling blackouts if conditions worsen.

The blazes have raged across brand-new South Wales, as well as they brought down transmission lines within the state’s south connecting with neighbouring Victoria, state energy minister Matt Kean tweeted.

Kean urged people to reduce unnecessary electricity use as well as “turn off pool pumps, lights in unoccupied rooms as well as avoid using washing machines as well as dishwashers”.

TransGrid chief executive Paul Italiano said the system was coping yet “under stress”.

He warned the loss of another major power station could mean “load shedding” power cuts to prevent the electricity grid by collapsing.

“the item will be no longer operating as 1 national electricity market as well as which has compromised the availability of energy to brand-new South Wales,” Italiano told national broadcaster ABC.

brand-new South Wales, which will be under a third state of emergency over the severe fire conditions, features a population of just under eight million, of whom around 65 percent live within the greater Sydney region.

The fires have claimed the lives of 17 people within the state as well as burnt some 3.6 million hectares (36,000 square kilometres) — an area larger than Belgium.

While bushfires are common in Australia’s arid summers, climate change has pushed up land as well as sea temperatures as well as led to more extremely hot days as well as severe fire seasons.

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