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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 11 November 2021) . . Page.. 3439 ..


(4) What backup plans are in place if electricity demand is too high and the system/network can’t cope.

(5) Can the Government guarantee the system/network can cope; if so, can the Minister provide details.

(6) What is an average household electricity bill and how much will bills increase due to increased demand.

(7) How much has electricity usage decreased in commercial buildings since 12 August 2021.

(8) How much has gas usage increased in households since 12 August 2021.

(9) How much has gas usage decreased in commercial buildings since 12 August 2021.

(10) Will the ACT Government offer electricity bill savings/rebates/grants for households as a result of the lockdown; if so can the Minister provide details.

Mr Rattenbury: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The ACT Government does not collect data at the level of detail requested. Specifically, the ACT Government only collects total annual supply data and does not collect information that separates household energy consumption from commercial use.

The annual supply of electricity in the ACT for 2018-19 and 2019-20 below. This data is reported to the ACT Government on an annual basis by energy utilities under the Utilities Act 2000.

2018-19

2019-20

Electricity (MWh)

2,872,824

2,890,163

Source: Energy Industry Levy determinations (54H – Utilities Act)

(2) The ACT Government does not collect data at the level of detail requested. Matters relating to energy supply in the ACT are best directed towards Evoenergy. Evoenergy owns and operates the ACT electricity network.

The National Electricity Market (NEM) Reliability Standard specifies the maximum permissible unserved energy, or the maximum allowable level of electricity at risk of not being supplied to consumers, per financial year within the NEM. The standard is set at 0.002% of the annual energy consumption for associated regions per financial year.

An Interim Reliability Measure (IRM) was introduced by the National Electricity Amendment (Interim Reliability Measure) Rule 2020 (IRM Rule). The IRM Rule and changes to the Retailer Reliability Obligation (RRO) rules are intended to support reliability in the system while more fundamental reforms are designed and implemented. The IRM allows for a maximum expectation of 0.0006% of energy demand to be unmet in a given region per financial year.


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