We understand how much you’ve probably been suffering from the recent heat wave through New Zealand!
If you’re anything like us, you’ve been trying to stay in air-conditioned buildings, are minimizing outdoor activity and are dressing as comfortably as possible – while watching the skies for a rainfall to eventually break the heatwave!
Our country’s hydro lakes are a whole other matter, though. They have no way of escaping the effects of these scorching hot temperatures, which have resulted in plummeting lake levels and rising energy costs.
Numerous Contributing Factors for Low Lake Levels
The summer’s warm temperatures are causing a domino of effects regarding the country’s hydro lake levels.
For one, the snowy hills in the Mackenzie country have been melted away because of the sun. Plus, there hasn’t been a decent rainfall in the last few weeks. Both Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki depend on winter snow storage and westerly rains in the mountains to remain topped up.
Power Companies Urge Consumers Not To Be Concerned
Although power authorities are closely monitoring the South Island’s falling hydro lake levels, they say they aren’t cause for consumers to be worried yet.
On average, summer is when NZ experiences a lot of rain in the South Island – and there is still a lot of summer left.
When that happens, lake levels will go back up and generators that depend on rain for the coming winter will be ready.
Other Sources of Generation Being Used in Meantime
With almost 65 percent of New Zealand’s power generation relying on hydro electricity, the energy industry has been implementing some hydro lake level saving measures.
Among other energy sources, coal and gas are being used to help conserve the falling lake levels.
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