Massive power outage impacts 24,000 customers, cause is ‘load shedding’

The map showing the areas in brown/purple affected by a lack of power.

Susanna Freymark

The area impacted by a power outage is vast affecting thousands from the coast to Wiangaree, Ettrick, Leeville, Kyogle and Casino.

The power in some areas went off at about 6pm.

Earlier this evening about 24,500 customers in Ballina, Lismore and surrounding areas were impacted by an unplanned power outage.

Essential Energy was directed by the Australian Energy Market Operator and TransGrid to shed load to protect transmission system security.

Essential Energy expects to restore supply to all impacted customers by 11.30pm.

Federal MP Kevin Hogan said there was no warning about the loss of power.

“This blackout was exceptionally dangerous. Why was our region chosen?” Mr Hogan said.

“I expect Transgrid and AEMO to provide a full explanation to the Northern Rivers as to why the power has been cut tonight.”

State MP Richie Williamson said, “This is not good enough that we have the power turned off on one of the coldest nights of the year.”

Further information about AEMO can be found here.

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