In 2011 the Victorian Government announced a $750 million Powerline Bushfire Safety program (PBSP). The program is delivering on Recommendations (27 and 32) of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission and is significantly reducing the risk of bushfires caused by electrical assets without causing significant impact on electricity supply reliability.
The program is delivering vital powerline bushfire safety benefits through targeted capital deployment in areas of greatest risk. It has also fostered world's first research and has introduced important powerline safety regulatory reforms to ensure that Victorians are better protected.
The five projects within the Powerline Bushfire Safety Program are:
- Changes to network operations to prevent bushfire starts at the times and locations of greatest risk, whilst minimising disruptions to customer supply.
- A Government contribution of up to $200 million towards the replacement of the most dangerous power lines in the State that would otherwise not have been replaced.
- Up to $40 million from Government to mitigate power reliability impacts on customers critically reliant on power - known as the Local Infrastructure Assistance Fund (LIAF).
- A Government contribution of up to $10 million over 5 years to continue research and development to identify cost-effective risk reduction technologies and procedures.
- Electricity businesses will also invest an estimated $500 million on new generation electrical asset protection and control equipment.
A more detailed overview of the Powerline Bushfire Safety Program and implementation activity to date can be viewed via the following links:
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Be prepared for power outage
In extreme weather conditions, the risk of power outage is greater and people should be prepared and have a plan to manage blackouts. Consider your need for back-up power if you are highly reliant on electricity and don't rely on power as part of any bushfire preparedness plan.
Remember power outages can also affect phones, radios and water pumps - so arrange for alternatives that do not rely on electricity supply.
This guide to power outages can help you prepare.
Read about the energy-related recommendations from the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.