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Victoria’s Energy Network Faces Parliament Inquiry After Blackouts

The Coalition will attempt to open an inquiry into Victoria’s energy transmission network following one of the biggest power blackouts in the state’s history.

Storms and fires last week caused half a million homes to lose power, with thousands still in the dark.

The Latrobe City Business Chamber has expressed concerns that power outages like last week’s could become more common.

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President of the Business Chamber Peter Cenney said, “The potential is to have more of these events, to lose power, to lose our communication avenues which means as business owners, we’re going to have to plan forward”.

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The Coalition will propose the inquiry when Parliament resumes this week, which would examine the security and durability of transmission towers and power lines.

The proposed inquiry would also look at energy storage, maintaining current infrastructure and setting up for renewables in the grid.

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