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Increased energy demand as heat hits

Electricity suppliers in New South Wales will be under the pump today as the temperature across the state skyrockets.

Today's (January 8) thermostats have already hit 40 degrees across much of the state, including the Sydney CBD, and are not expected to reach their peak until later in the day.

The Australian Energy Markets Operator (AEMO) is predicting NSW will reach 13,000 megawatt hours today, the highest level seen since February 2011, when it climbed to 14,744 megawatt hours.

According to Fairfax, due to the closure of the Kurri Kurri smelter near Newcastle, a large amount of electricity generation has been left in reserve.

The news outlet also said that the AEMO will be looking to supplies from Queensland and the Snowy Mountains if there is a spike in demand or an interruption to the flow of power.

Experts are warning bushfire-susceptible households to prepare a survival plan and prepare for the possibility of evacuation.

Such is the severity of today's temperatures that all state and national parks have been shut across the state.

Posted by Charlie Moore