Posted on 06. Jun, 2012 in News
The Baillieu Government needs to outline whether Victoria will have enough energy supply to meet demand if the Yallourn power station continues to run at a reduced capacity, Shadow Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio said today.
Yallourn power station is down to 25 per cent of its capacity following significant flooding in its open cut mine.
“The Energy Minister needs to explain how long can Victoria cope with one of its largest power generators running at significantly lower levels of capacity” Ms D’Ambrosio said.
“Victoria is in the second week of winter, and with temperatures plummeting families are using more energy. “It is a very bold statement for the Minister to place on the record that there will be no impacts on the state’s electricity supply.
“It’s still unknown how long Yallourn power station will be running at reduced capacity, so how can the Minister guarantee that Victoria’s energy supply is fine?”
Ms D’Ambrosio said coal supplies in the bunker at Yallourn were limited. “If coal cannot be replenished by an alternative supply quickly, supply to Yallourn could be depleted within days,” she said.
“Minister O’Brien needs to understand that spending his time tweeting about ‘leaks’ of old documents should not take precedence over informing Victorians about their electricity supply.
“I’d urge Mr O’Brien to make sure Victorians are kept informed about any threat to power supply.”