Southern Metropolitan Region - Blackouts (29.11.2017)
Written on the 29 November 2017
29 November 2017
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
My constituency question is to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Ms D'Ambrosio.
Last week a shopping strip on Glenferrie Road experienced yet again more blackouts; in fact the whole state is at risk of blackouts due to the government's closure of Hazelwood. But what is concerning for these local traders is that it is happening continuously. So far this year they have experienced 11 blackouts, and we are only just entering our first summer without Hazelwood in operation.
According to an Age article:Business owners on the busy Hawthorn shopping strip say they are at breaking point after 11 blackouts this year, including four in the past week as the mercury soars across the state.
The blackouts affect several blocks and about 30 businessesThe article goes on to say:
A spokesperson for CitiPower said the blackouts were due to soaring energy demand from the thriving retail strip.
So I ask the minister:
Could she provide to the house information from CitiPower as to the additional energy demand that has been required by this shopping strip that has caused these 11 blackouts over the past year?