Australia’s energy minister, Chris Bowen has urged households in New South Wales – a state that includes the country’s biggest city Sydney – to switch off their lights in the face of an energy crisis.
Bowen maintains that people should strive towards not using electricity for two hours every evening if they “have a choice.”
He however, added that he was “confident” that blackouts could be avoided.
This develpment comes after Australia’s main wholesale electricity market was suspended because of a surge in prices.
Bowen asked people living in New South Wales to conserve as much power as they possibly could.
“If you have a choice about when to run certain items, don’t run them from 6 to 8 [in the evening],” he said during a televised media conference in Canberra.