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Rains sure up Tasmania's energy supply

AAP logoAAP 21/12/2016

After an energy supply crisis, Tasmanians have been reassured there is no risk of the lights going out any time soon thanks to substantial rains feeding the hydro-electric scheme.

An interim report published by the state's Energy Security Taskforce on Wednesday recommended new minimum water storage levels in Tasmania's hydro dams, which dropped to 12 per cent early in 2016 and in combination with a broken Bass Strait electricity cable prompted the government to hire backup generators to meet demand.

"The taskforce assesses that there is no immediate risk to energy security after the higher than average rainfall this past winter," taskforce chairman Geoff Willis said, adding that the gas-fired Tamar Valley Power Station - once touted for closure - should be retained for backup.

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