Tassie Hydro: power crisis was unprecedented

Snowy Hydro Scheme pipeline running down mountain side in Tasmania (bolt chair)
Image: Hydro Tasmania

Hydro Tasmania has welcomed the Tasmanian Energy Security Taskforce’s evidence-based approach to the review of the recent power crisis.

Chief executive officer Steve Davy said the energy supply challenge faced earlier in the year was unprecedented and rare.

“Overreacting to the extremely rare events of 2015/16 could be very expensive for Tasmanians,” Mr Davy said.

“That’s why the Energy Security Taskforce’s considered and evidence-based approach is welcome.”

Mr Davy said protecting consumers and the Tasmanian economy in the rare confluence of events had taken a lot of effort.

“The energy supply challenge has clearly uncovered new evidence about the capacity for Tasmania to experience extremely dry spring and summer weather, as well as the length of time the Basslink cable can be out-of-action,” he said.

“In 2015/16, those coinciding events were more extreme than anyone had previously considered credible.”

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