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Dam Levels Fall, Minister Continues to do Nothing

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Tags: Renewable Energy, Hydro Tasmania

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

Hydro’s dam levels are down to 12.8% and Minister Groom is nowhere near meeting the targets set out in his Energy Supply Plan.

At 9.15am this morning, diesel generation was only generating 85MW, well short of the 200MW target that is due to be met in four days’ time.

The Tamar Valley Power Station is also missing 82MW of its gas-fired generation, and in June the Station’s 210MW combined cycle generator is due to be taken out of use for essential maintenance.

The Minister stubbornly refuses to find electricity reductions from government, local councils, small businesses and Tasmanian households. Combined they now account for about 50% of the state's energy use, but go ignored.

Tasmanians, the ultimate owners of Hydro Tasmania, are looking at a bill of hundreds of millions of dollars from this energy crisis. It risks pushing up electricity prices in the future, with the greatest impact on low-income Tasmanians. 

As our dam levels continue to fall and the cost continues to rise, Minister Groom continues to do nothing to help us through this crisis of his own making.