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Fears of more widespread power outages because of increasing demand and limited gas supply

Fears of more widespread power outages because of increasing demand and limited gas supply

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will schedule a crisis meeting with gas chiefs to tackle a looming shortage which the country’s energy market operator has warned could cause more widespread blackouts.

Mr Turnbull has also called on states to lift bans on gas exploration.

Outlawing fracking in particular has become a popular political position along the east coast and here in SA, where the State Liberal Opposition has announced it would put a 10 year moratorium on fracking in the South East.

“The report released overnight by the market operator about the potential shortfalls in gas and the pressure that may place on the electricity market, is very concerning,” Mr Turnbull said at the Australian Financial Review business summit on Thursday morning.

“That’s why I’ll be urgently calling the chief executives of the east coast gas companies together, to explain how they plan on addressing this threat to their customers.”

Mr Turnbull went on to describe how rising power prices had been damaging the competitiveness of Australian businesses, particularly our manufacturing.

“Policymakers have put ideology and politics ahead of engineering and economics, introducing large amounts of variable energy — wind and solar, in particular — without the necessary storage and additional transmission infrastructure,” he said.

The Courier Mail

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