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More Forced Power Outages Avoided But The Backlash Continues

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While the city is expecting another hot day today, it's much cooler across the Adel Hills, Murraylands and South Coast, with temperatures in the mid 20's to low 30's across the region.

The discussion about power in the state continues after the Advertiser revealed 90,000 properties, not 40,000 as reported by SA Power Networks, were deliberately blacked out Wednesday night due to load shedding.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin is calling on the SA Govt to give up its ideological obsession with green power and invest in a low emission high efficiency coal power station.

"It's just not good enough. It’s not good enough for businesses that rely on power to operate, to employ people, to earn export dollars. This is detrimental to the sustainability of the economy of South Australia. It is very hard to attract investment to South Australia when every conversation begins with, “Are the lights on at home?”

"This is not only an economic issue but also a serious matter of public health and safety. For the elderly and the young enduring high temperatures with no access to air conditioning this can not only be distressing but potentially fatal."

Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie is calling for vulnerable bushfire prone suburbs in her electorate to be taken off the list of areas who have power cut when the Australian Energy Market Operator orders a shut down.

“I’m talking about communities such as Longwood and Echunga that lost power last night (Wed Feb 8)."

“They don’t need power just for air conditioners but to run their pump-operated tanks and bores because they are not on mains water."

“We live in one of the highest bushfire risk areas in Australia and rural communities need access to water for bushfire protection. These are communities that need power to run aerobic sewage systems. During a blackout, they cannot use the toilet.”

SA avoided any further forced outages yesterday despite the heat, the Pelican Point generator fired up to take the load.


Image: Ellen Ripley (supplied)