(ZEROHEDGE) – Australia's energy minister asked Sydney and the New South Wales (eastern part of the country) residents to turn off lights and energy-intensive appliances in the evening to prevent power blackouts due to an ongoing energy crunch, The Independent reports.
The federal energy minister, Chris Bowen, asked residents in a televised address to turn off energy-intensive devices between "6 to 8 [pm]" to mitigate risks of a spike in power during peak hours. He pointed to several offline coal-fired plants because of maintenance and unexpected issues.
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Reuters notes that 65% of eastern Australia's power is generated by coal, but more than a quarter of that capacity is offline.