Ergon launches summer preparation campaign

Published: 26 Oct 2015 2:34pm

Ergon Energy’s summer preparation campaign was launched today (Friday, 23 October) in Cairns with Member for Barron River Craig Crawford calling on regional Queenslanders to think ahead and be prepared for what nature may have in store over the next few months.

A series of television commercials to drive the safety messages have been produced and loaded to youtube as well as airing on TV.

“When it comes to significant weather events Queensland faces some of its greatest challenges during the summer months,” Mr Crawford said when officially launching the campaign.

“Ergon Energy is well aware of these challenges and this summer, as part of its preparation message, has partnered with Scouts Queensland by featuring scouts and scout leaders in its ‘Be Prepared for Summer campaign’ to help reinforce the importance of being ready and staying safe.” 

'Be prepared' is a well-known mantra of the Scouting movement and Ergon Energy is well-prepared for the onset of the summer months.

“The nature of Queensland summers means we can expect storms, cyclones, floods and fires and that is good reason to heed the signs and campaigns like Ergon Energy’s which we launch today,” Mr Crawford said.

Scouts Queensland Chief Commissioner, Kirsty Brown, OAM, said the organisation was thrilled to be a part of the Ergon Energy Summer campaign.

“All scouts live by our motto of being prepared, so the campaign fits well with what Scouts really do,” Ms Brown said.

“We are so proud to be a part of promoting these important messages and are grateful that our resourceful Scouts have been chosen to feature in the commercials.  

"Scouting is very connected to community and has strong values which are a significant link between this important Ergon campaign and Scouts. We look forward to the ongoing partnership between our organisations,” Ms Brown said.

In the lead up to summer Ergon has carried out extensive network maintenance and other reliability improvement programs including vegetation management, asset inspection and defect remediation, feeder patrols, bushfire mitigation program, pole top inspections, network monitoring and control capability and flood risk mitigation.

“We are in a good position but unfortunately that doesn’t mean we can predict what is in store for us or for our customers,” said Ergon Chief Executive Ian McLeod at the launch.

“There’s likely to be summer event related outages and while we will be doing our best to minimise the inconvenience we’re asking customers to prepare, stay safe and be understanding while we work to restore power.”

Ergon Energy has implemented network capacity and security improvement programs such as planning for security of supply, plant emergency rating information, strategic spare components, temporary load support and demand management.

“We have secured generation assets including three 1,500kVA high-voltage Pegasus units, established generation sharing agreements with Energex, and have generation hire arrangements with private suppliers,” Mr McLeod said.

“To support our operational response to disasters Ergon Energy continues to refresh the 3D geo-spatial representation of its network assets which are displayed in a Google Earth-like database, and the recent completion of UbiNet, an all-encompassing telecommunications network that links Ergon’s network monitoring and control capability with controllers, has improved Ergon Energy’s communications capability.”

The Chief Executive said the development of an improved Spatial Outage Viewer (SOV) also allows employees to view planned and unplanned outages in real time. Meanwhile outage data is available for customers via Ergon Energy’s Outage Finder.

“Much of Ergon Energy’s annual program of work to develop, maintain and operate the network is aimed at preparing the network for the summer storm season, and it is also in the best interests of Queenslanders to Get Ready and Be Prepared,” Mr McLeod said. 

“By being prepared for the summer storm and cyclone season you are ensuring the safety of both yourself and your loved ones while minimising the inconvenience Mother Nature can bring.”

Ergon’s summer preparedness commercials go to air in regional Queensland from October 25.

Media Contact: John Fowler
Phone: 0417283713

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