Ausgrid prepares for hot weather

Published at 13/12/2017 10:00 AM

Ausgrid is reviewing all jobs on the network that require power to be interrupted to customers, due to the high temperatures forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology for today and tomorrow.

In places where temperatures are forecast to reach 40 degrees planned maintenance work is cancelled, except in cases where customers agree to the work going ahead. In other areas we also look to shorten the length of any planned work to lessen the impact on customers.

Ausgrid Chief Operating Officer Trevor Armstrong said it is part of the normal process for extreme weather days.

“At this stage there are no cancellations of planned work for today but we are reviewing multiple jobs across the network for Thursday.

“We are also talking to life support and medical customers in areas where works are planned and where temperatures are forecast to reach 37 degrees to ensure they are kept up to date and have the information they need,” Mr Armstrong said.

As part of our planning for these hot conditions, our operators are reviewing the network to ensure it is well placed to handle the extreme temperatures and any rise in demand for electricity.

“Our emergency crews are ready to respond if there are any unplanned interruptions to the power supply to our customers.

“We understand any outage to our customers is inconvenient and our focus is on safely restoring power in these situations as quickly as possible.” he said.

Ausgrid’s network covers parts of Sydney, the Central Coast and the Hunter, from Waterfall in the south, west to Auburn and just north of Scone.

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