Massive blackout stretches across the Central West

MORE than 1500 Central West homes and businesses have been hit by a blackout tonight.

Essential Energy says the blackout was first reported at 7.25pm and its crews are investigating the cause.

The outrage is impacting an area stretching more than 150km from past Cowra in the south-west to Sofala in the north-east.

Essential Energy offers the following blackout tips:

Some tips to help minimise inconvenience: 

  • Protect sensitive electrical appliances, such as computers, by switching them off and unplugging them before the planned outage time.
  • If you rely on an electric pumping system for your household water supply, make sure you store enough water for your needs while the power is off.
  • Switch off stove hotplates, ovens, and any other small appliances in case you’re not home when power is restored, and avoid opening your fridge or freezer while the power is off.
  • There should be no need to turn off solar inverters – they should automatically turn off and back on.

To report an unplanned supply interruption to Essential Energy, phone 13 20 80 or report it online.