AEMO calls for more supply

Minister for Energy and the Environment Josh Frydenberg.

Minister for Energy and the Environment Josh Frydenberg.

A report by the Australian Energy Market Operator has highlighted the need for more gas supply in Victoria in order to avoid a projected shortfall in 2022.

With average consumption of 50 GJ/a, Victorians use more gas for cooking, heating and hot water than households in any other state across Australia.

Gas is also critical for power generation. Due to Hazelwood’s closure and the need to support intermittent renewables, Victoria in 2017 saw a 500 per cent increase in the amount of gas used to generate electricity on the year prior.

The Victorian Gas Planning Report found in 2022 there would be a 19 PJ shortfall in Victoria.

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