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LTE – Prepare for Power Failure

Dear Editor,

Summer is now upon us and unfortunately the reality for many Victorians this year will be power failures.

Extreme heat, summer storms and high demand can all lead to brownouts or even blackouts, but in Victoria there are bigger issues at play.

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has warned that many as 1.3 million households in Victoria could face blackouts this summer, with the stability of supply dependent on repairs at AGL’s Loy Yang A and the Mortlake gas plant.

These concerns are echoed by EnergyAustralia chief executive Catherine Tanna who warns that Victorian Labor’s targets for 50 per cent renewable energy production and up to 60 per cent emissions reductions by 2030 are putting extra strain on coal generators that are needed to keep the lights on.

It’s a great shame that the government’s energy policies have led to this, but in the short term it’s more important than ever that we know how to prepare for power failures.

A few simple actions now could help you and your family in the event of blackouts this summer. Ensure you have:

  • a hard copy list of important phone numbers and store it in an easy to access place
  • a charged power supply bank for mobile devices
  • alternative lighting sources
  • a battery-operated radio
  • batteries
  • first aid kit
  • surge protectors to prevent failures of electrical devices, particularly during multiple brownouts
  • if you use electricity to run a water pump, have an alternative water source prepared
  • if you or someone you know requires medication that needs to be kept refrigerated, consider having a small esky prepared with cold packs.

While we transition to low emission sources of power, I will continue to advocate for sensible energy policy that ensures we have reliable, affordable sources of electricity so we can keep the lights on – no matter what the weather is doing.

Yours sincerely,


Danny O’Brien MP

State Member for Gippsland South

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