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A week of peak power demand records

23 June 2006

A week of peak power demand records

The cold and stormy weather that has gripped the country in the past week has seen electricity consumption soar.

As System Operator, Transpower observed a number of new records for peak electricity demand. These include:

New Zealand record
– 6630 megawatts (up 2%) on Monday evening 19th June

North Island record
– 4425 MW (up 1%) on Monday evening 19th June

South Island record
– 2227 MW (up 0.1%) on Thursday evening 22nd June

Auckland/Northland record
– 2133 MW (up 7%) on Friday morning 23rd June

Wellington record
– 640 MW (up 6 %) on Thursday evening 22nd June

Upper South Island record (Christchurch north)
– 1076 MW (up 4 %) on Wednesday evening 21st June

Over the longer term, peak electricity demand in New Zealand is forecast to increase by around 2.5 percent a year. But these figures show that from one year to the next, the actual regional increases can be significantly more.


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