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Pete Hodgson called in to look at power cut issues

Ian Llewellyn
Wed, 18 Aug 2021

Energy minister Megan Woods has called on former energy minister to look at power cut issues. (Image: Getty)
Ian Llewellyn
Wed, 18 Aug 2021
Former Labour energy minister Pete Hodgson will run an inquiry into what caused the August 9 blackouts and what may prevent a repeat.Notably the terms of reference released by the current energy minister Megan Woods, specifically exclude considering ownership or institutional governance arrangements in the sector. They also exclude addressing methods to reduce electricity demand or to encourage generation investment.Both of these points will disappoint those who argue the blackouts are evidence of the need for major change or government interve...

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