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Victoria Power Outages - WePlanet Australia Statement

We at RePlanet Australia hope for the speedy restoration of electricity to the over 30,000 Victorian homes and businesses still without power today following extreme weather conditions. Our thoughts are with everyone affected.


Storm damaged transmission lines in Victoria, February 2024
Storm damaged transmission lines in Victoria, February 2024

Unfortunately, we have already seen a proliferation of misinformation and disinformation regarding the cause of these power failures. Blaming any form of power generation—renewables, coal, or otherwise—ignores the complex dynamics of our energy infrastructure. Our clean energy transition relies on informed consent of the community, based on clear and correct information.


Storms that battered the state of Victoria on Tuesday resulted in the collapse of multiple transmission towers, cutting major transmission lines. As a result, Victoria’s largest generator, the Loy Yang A brown coal station, was automatically disconnected from the grid for safety reasons. RenewEconomy reported that the Stockyard Hill and Dundonell wind farms were also affected by transmission outages.


Approximately 530,000 homes and businesses were affected by these outages, highlighting the profound disruption caused by severe weather events on our energy infrastructure. This is not an isolated incident this summer; similar events occurred in Queensland over New Year’s Eve, leaving thousands without power.


The vulnerability of our transmission lines to extreme weather events is a pressing concern, particularly in the face of a changing climate where such events are expected to become more frequent and severe. We must urgently reassess our energy policies and infrastructure to better withstand these challenges.


WePlanet Australia advocates for a diversified energy mix, with serious consideration given to including nuclear energy, strategically located to leverage existing transmission networks. This approach not only reduces the reliance on expansive transmission lines but also enhances the resilience of our energy system against extreme weather events.


As we move to electrify everything and phase out fossil fuels, ensuring the security and reliability of our electricity supply must take equal top priority alongside emissions reduction. In a world where everything runs on electricity, blackouts mean no access to water, transportation, cooking, heating or cooling. These are fundamental to our well-being, and prolonged disruptions can have dire consequences for our communities.


We urge policymakers and stakeholders to put aside the culture wars and prioritise resilience and sustainability in our energy policies. Let us use this unfortunate incident as a wake-up call to prioritise investing in robust infrastructure, a diverse energy mix, and embracing innovative solutions that are essential to safeguarding our communities against future disruptions.


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