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Amid the crisis, Sydneysiders have been urged to reduce their electricity use to avoid blackouts

Australia’s energy minister has urged millions of New South Wales residents to turn off their lights and save energy to avoid blackouts. The request came a day after Australia suspended its spot electricity market due to unplanned outages at aging coal-fired utilities. In Australia, several coal-fired units have been taken out of service due to scheduled maintenance and unplanned outages.

Chris Bowen, who is the Minister for Climate Change and Energy, urged households to save energy without sacrificing essentials such as heating. He also said efforts are focused on restoring units to normal operation. Speaking at a televised press conference in Canberra, he said: “We’re confident we can avoid power outages. If you have a choice of when to run certain items, don’t run them from 6-8pm.”

Matt Kean, NSW Treasurer and Minister for Energy, also called on Sydneysiders to reduce their energy consumption from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (local time).

As quoted by news.com.au, Kean said on Wednesday: “A number of generators that we rely on to generate our electricity have not come online as we had hoped.”

“We’re not telling people to turn off their heating…we’re just saying if you’re doing the dishwasher at 7:30 p.m. delay it until 8:30 p.m. What we’re doing is making sure we get until See you tonight and the next two days,” he added.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said energy would be on the agenda at a dinner with heads of state on Thursday and a meeting on Friday.

Meanwhile, several social media users pointed to the extensive light show which was apparently still working despite fears of blackouts and blackouts.

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