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During summer, thousands of us come home and turn on air-conditioners, TVs, washing machines and other appliances in the home. All this combined energy use between 4pm and 8pm creates a huge load on the electricity network that we call peak demand. Millions of dollars are spent on extra electricity infrastructure just to cater for these peak times. In fact, 16 per cent of the capacity of the network is only used for a few hours, on a few hot days each year.
The network demand meter, shown in the top right corner of this website, shows the current demand for electricity in South East Queensland, updated every 30 minutes.
Current demand reading: Loading value...(MW)Record summer peak: 4670 (MW) Summer 09/10
Record winter peak: 4343 (MW) Winter 08/09
During summer between 4pm and 8pm, you can help reduce peak demand by taking some simple actions.
Be part of the solution and find out how you can be involved in Energex's initiatives to reduce peak demand.
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