Senate debates

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Questions without Notice

South Australia: Energy

2:30 pm

Photo of Stirling GriffStirling Griff (SA, Centre Alliance) Share this | Hansard source

My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Senator Birmingham. In recent months the Australian Energy Market Operator warned that the outage of two Victorian power units poses a significant risk of insufficient supply this summer. The Australian Energy Regulator released data showing sharp reductions in surplus generation in Victoria and New South Wales, and we know the coming summer will be very much hot and dry. This all points to a greater likelihood of higher power prices and power cuts this summer. Given that Victoria is South Australia's only link to the national grid, I'm particularly concerned about the potential for a blackout in Victoria affecting my home state of South Australia. Minister, has the government received any recent advice about the potential for blackouts this summer in South Australia or Victoria?

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