Tumut's First Winter Black Out Yesterday

20 June 1950 The Tumut and Adelong Times 

Electricity black-out every ten days possible.

Tumut's electrical authorities were notified at the week-end that the town could expect a black-out yesterday and this occurred last evening between the hours of 4.15 p.m. and 5.45 p.m. 

During the winter months it has been indicated that a blackout every ten days may be necessary, though not at the same hours.   

The authorities have determined that country areas will share some part of the blackouts necessary this winter to maintain electricity sup- ply throughout the State.

It is understood a 'Schedule of Expected Black-Outs' has been prepared by the authorities. 

It is hoped that the extent of the black-outs in country areas will be limited to one hour in each ten days.

There is still an impression in the minds of the public that hydro-electric power from Burrinjuck is being diverted to Sydney during peak hour periods but this is said to be incorrect.

The total capacity of generating plants at Burrinjuck is 20,000 KW, but one evening last week the load on the Southern System reached 75,000 KW, so there was obviously no power from Burrinjuck which could be diverted elsewhere.