With still no answers as to why power was cut, the Far North Coast is recovering from a blackout on the hottest day so far since last summer.
Residents are asking how this could happen on such a large scale and are we likely to see more of the same.
Enova Energy CEO Felicity Stening says that locally owned and generated renewable energy and storage initiatives help to build more energy resilience into streets, towns and suburbs. ‘The impact of network outages as experienced today could be minimised,’ she said, ‘That’s what Enova is all about, supporting communities to generate, store and share their own energy.
Ms Stening said we should all imagine streets sharing renewable energy between households and businesses sharing energy in industrial estates.
‘Thanks to our local energy network, Essential Energy, for resolving the issues so quickly today.’
From Casino and Coraki, to Ocean Shores and Kyogle, Lismore, Goonellabah, Ballina, Wardell, Byron Bay, and Yamba to Murwillumbah, the power flickered then was lost from thousands of homes and businesses from about 3.45 pm today (Tuesday, October 8).
As yet the cause of of the outage is not known, though the rumour mill says a fierce storm at a key location may have contributed.
Residents in Casino were hoping for a quick end to the blackout as they were down to 38º after a top of 40.7º.
Power started returning in pockets from about 4pm.