|Victorian electricity supply safe
Media Release : 26 Jun 2012
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), the national power system operator, can confirm today that electricity supply to Victoria continues to remain secure.
"The electricity supply of Victoria is not under threat despite floodwaters breaking their banks and breaching a levee at the Yallourn open-cut coal mine and adjoining power station," Managing Director and CEO Matt Zema said.
"AEMO operates the system to cope with interruptions and disruptions, big and small, and the amount of generation currently available is sufficient to operate a secure system and cope with the current issue," Mr Zema said.
"We have on average, more than 2,500 megawatts of generation in reserve every day for at least the next seven days.
Mr Zema said the extra capacity in the system would be sufficient to meet the state's power needs, even if Yallourn was to go off-line.
AEMO is liaising with Yallourn owner TRUenergy and we understand the power station is continuing to supply power although at a reduced capacity with only one unit in operation.
"Victorians can have confidence that sufficient electricity is being generated to keep the lights on. This also highlights the resilience of the network to deal with such issues," Mr Zema said
There are still some localised electricity supply interruptions in Victoria as a result of significant flooding across parts of the State.
For a statewide overview of electricity supply please contact:
AEMO Communications 0409 382 121