The Department of State Growth is responsible for monitoring and advising on Tasmania’s energy security.
Tasmanians enjoy a level of access to energy (electricity, natural gas and petroleum products) which by international standards is extremely reliable. However, even the most reliable supply systems have to cope with energy security challenges from time to time.
Tasmania has commitments made through memoranda of understanding with the mainland jurisdictions to align our procedures with national plans. These national plans are;
- AEMO's Power System Emergency Management Plan
- The National Gas Emergency Response Protocol and
- The National Liquid Fuel Emergency Response Plan
Industry participants will, in most instances, manage actual emergency situations and generally, these are resolved with little or no impact on customers or the community. Major events, such as storms and bushfires can, however, result in short periods of supply disruption.
Government does have emergency powers to use in extreme emergency situations. The exercise of such powers has not been used in modern times.
While intervention is seldom required, Government does heighten its monitoring and coordination activities when energy security risks increase.
Tasmania is currently experiencing challenges to its energy security due to the combined effect of a prolonged Basslink interconnector outage and low rainfall (with Spring 2015 rainfall the lowest on record). The Tasmanian Government, in conjunction with Hydro Tasmania, has put in place an Energy Supply Plan to manage electricity supply contingencies in response to the energy security situation. Further information, including the Energy Supply Plan, is available from Hydro Tasmania website.