AGL Macquarie shift manager George Hague and operator Darran Elliott do some pre-Christmas planning in the Bayswater control room.
Like most of his colleagues, Darran will be trying to fit in some family time despite his shifts.
‘I’ll knock off at 7am on Christmas day, head home, pop the roast in the oven, and then have a sleep before waking up to enjoy the roast with the family.’
Getting ready for summer
Our people at the coalface – in some cases, literally – are essential to keeping our sites operational over the Christmas break.
But as the temperatures soar and the demands on the National Electricity Market peak, we need to ensure that our assets are as ready as possible for summer.
Across Australia, an enormous amount of time and effort goes into grid stability and meeting peak demand over the summer period. AGL provides an essential service to the community, so it’s critical that we plan for the peak periods and do everything in our power to keep the lights – and the AC – on.
Preparing for the summer period begins early on – at the end of the preceding summer, in fact. We take the lessons learned from the previous summer, along with any known issues from our plants, and build a summer preparedness plan at each major site.
At AGL, we are doing everything we can to make sure our generation sites are ready for summer. As some of our generation sites are older, the planning and preparation for this is paramount. The wider grid is managed by the Australian Energy Market Operator, whose role it is to operate the market to deliver energy when its needed.