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New winter record as mercury plunges

It’s not quite in the same category as how we feel about COVID-19, but it appears Western Australians also really don’t like the cold.

Last night our heaters did the talking, drawing record levels of power from the grid to escape winter’s icy embrace.

As Perth shivered through its coldest day in 15 years, Western Power customers set a winter peak load record of 3,665 megawatts.

The record occurred at 6.20 pm and just nudged past the old record of 3,628 megawatts set in 2016.

With the Bureau of Meteorology predicting another few chilly days and nights ahead we’ll be watching for a new peak to be set.

The new winter record is a far cry from the summer peak record of 4,304 megawatts set in February 2016, but highlights the extremes that the grid and customers face throughout the year.

 

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