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posted on:
March
12
2013

Union puts heat on Yallourn electricity generators

 

Union members have been deliberately reducing electricity output at the Yallourn power station during the hottest parts of the afternoon as Victorians swelter through a record heatwave.


The industrial action reduces the electricity the plant's owner - EnergyAustralia - can sell into the market, although the nation's market regulator says power supplies have not been affected.


EnergyAustralia will on Tuesday seek court orders to end the action and wants compensation for the electricity it has not been able to sell. Hot days usually cause the highest demand for energy because more people use airconditioners.


Members of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union have been using a manual override to reduce output at four generators between 4pm and 6pm every afternoon since March 1.