Managing electricity networks during bushfires

Wednesday, 05 February, 2020

Managing electricity networks during bushfires

A fact sheet about how bushfires affect electricity networks, and how networks can prepare for the impact, has been released by Energy Networks Australia.

“This fire season has been particularly devastating, and Energy Networks Australia conveys its deep sympathy and concern for all those impacted,” said Energy Networks Australia Chief Executive Officer Andrew Dillon.

“Bushfires can have a direct and indirect impact on electricity networks. Fire can damage power poles and other equipment, and heat and smoke from fires can cause overheating at substations.

“The recent fires have destroyed more than 5000 power poles across Victoria and NSW and entire sections of electricity networks are being rebuilt from the ground up.”

Dillon said power had been restored to most customers in the fire-affected regions; however, some customers in inaccessible or unsafe areas remained off-supply. Generators had also been provided to help get the lights back on for some remote customers.

“Networks are continually working on fire prevention measures including installing new technologies, removing or pruning high-risk trees and inspecting equipment,” he said.

“Networks’ first priority is safety for our workers and our customers.”

Image credit: © Ryan

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