Minister for Energy questioned on Electricity Supply Interruptions

Mr WELLS (Rowville) 

Constituency question – 20/09/18

 My question is again to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. Minister, what reasonable precautions do you recommend businesses take to mitigate against ‘risk of loss or damage to their equipment, premises or business’ from electricity supply interruptions, as stated in section 16(c) of the Electricity Distribution Code? Minister, 69 businesses in my Rowville electorate were asking themselves this question when for the second time in August they had less than 2 hours notice that Ausnet Services had again cancelled the planned maintenance to their power supply due to weather. Ausnet Services, in their denials of compensation to business owners, did not even once acknowledge the impact of two cancellations for businesses who lost wages and interrupted their manufacturing processes and supply chains for nothing.