Coping with hotter summers: the challenge for our electricity system

Climate change means that we are facing hotter summers. As homes and businesses switch on their air conditioners on a hot summer afternoon, power stations must ramp up production to meet the peak demand. The owners of the ‘poles and wires’ have been planning and building for years to ensure our power networks will cope. If any part of the system fails, blackouts can occur, with severe consequences for people and businesses.

With so much at stake, what can we learn from how electricity demand patterns have changed in recent years and what does this mean for the future of peak demand? How might our expectations or the power system need to change in the face of a changing climate? And how will the system cope when more of our power comes from wind turbines and solar panels, which cannot always operate at full capacity at the times when more power is needed?

On 30 April, as part of the ‘Energy Futures’ series, the Melbourne Energy Institute and Grattan Institute will co-host a public forum on the future of peak demand in Australia.
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  • Doug

    Patrick, we going to Queensberry hotel, plse join us

    April 30

  • Viki N.

    Sorry guys - I'm not feeling well and am going to pull out. See you next time!

    April 30

    • Agnes

      So sorry to hear this. Take care and I hope see you soon!

      April 30

    • Viki N.

      Thanks Agnes. Hope it was interesting.

      April 30

  • Patrick N.

    Hope to catch up for a few minutes after the talk.

    1 · April 30

    • Agnes

      Yep!!! If you don't see Viki or me, send me a message. See you later!

      April 30

    • Viki N.

      Hi Patrick, I am meeting some other people at the front of the building (near lights at tram-stop) at 6.15 so feel free to catch up there. My number is[masked]

      April 30

  • Agnes

    Hi!! Wednesday I won't be able to arrive before 6:30pm, but we can meet after the talk. If you can't see me, my mobile number is 0468722016. See you soon!

    April 28

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