Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

30 May 2016

Matthew Groom, Minister for Energy

Energy Supply Plan update

Our Energy Supply Plan, combined with recent rainfall is ensuring energy security for Tasmania. 

There has been significant rainfall in May, which has resulted in storages beginning to recover.  Storages are now at 23 per cent, an improvement of more than ten per cent since late April.

Storage levels at Great Lake have increased from 14.7 per cent to 15.7 per cent.  Storage levels at Lake Gordon improved from 10.8 per cent to 11.6 per cent.  While this is welcome, it will take time for these two major storages to recover.

Hydro Tasmania continues to manage inflows prudently.  Over the past week, hydro generation has been augmented by gas generation from Tamar Valley Power Station to manage peak demand, and to allow the major storages to continue to rebuild.  No diesel generation was required. 

While we have turned the corner, we can’t become complacent.  That’s why the Energy Supply Plan continues to be so important.

Hydro Tasmania and the Government will continue to provide regular updates on the Energy Supply Plan.  Tasmanians can be assured we will do everything necessary to maintain energy security and that the Plan is working.

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