Electricity goes sky high

WHAT A BUZZ: The Endeavour Energy helicopter, which many residents have mistaken for a police aircraft, is inspecting power lines. THE Endeavour Energy power line inspection is expected to be completed by the end of next week, weather permitting.The company’s helicopter, which many people have mistaken for a police aircraft, is being used to survey powerlines as part of Endeavour Energy’s pre-summer bushfire safety preparations.The surveys are to prevent bushfires started by the electricity network by identifying faulty equipment or where vegetation is within safety clearances of overhead powerlines.Due to the nature of the inspections the helicopter hovers and moves very slowly over some sections. This has resulted in police and media receiving phone calls from concerned residents.Endeavour Energy general manager of network development Ty Christopher said aerial surveys were the most effective way to inspect the 24,500 square kilometres of network.He said the helicopter was an efficient way to inspect assets in often rugged and inaccessible terrain.“The only practical alternative would be to take large sections of our network out of service to allow staff to safely climb each structure in our network,” he said.“We would probably need a year to complete inspections in this way given the terrain and distances involved.“For the first time we are using a state-of-the-art high resolution camera to film the condition of powerlines across our entire network,” Mr Christopher said.“Inspections can now be taken flying 300 metres above ground level, removing the safety risk of low level flying.“The camera also permits a more thorough inspection as we can review the film in detail after the survey has been flown.“Completing aerial surveys now gives us the time needed to undertake essential maintenance in advance of the upcoming bushfire season starting in October.”Residents can contact Endeavour Energy on 131 003 with any questions regarding its aerial surveys.… while consumers brace for a shockA TYPICAL electricity bill in the Shoalhaven will rise by $142 per year from July 1.On Wednesday the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) released its final determination on the average prices electricity retailers in NSW can charge residential and small business customers.The final decision allows for an average price increase of 18 per cent across NSW.The increase is primarily a result of rising network costs, such as poles and wires and the introduction of the carbon price.IPART chairman Dr Peter Boxall said about half of the increase in NSW electricity prices is because of the rise in costs faced by the retailers from the electricity network, “or the poles and wires”.“The other half is due to increasing wholesale electricity costs faced by the retailers resulting from the introduction of a carbon price on emissions from electricity generators,” Dr Boxall said.To counter that cost, from July 1, the NSW government will increase the Low Income Household Rebate to $215 and introduce a Family Energy Rebate of $75 for eligible households.Additionally, low and middle income households will receive carbon price compensation from the federal government.“Our analysis indicates that the Commonwealth Government’s assistance package will adequately compensate the large majority of low-income households for the impact of the carbon price on their electricity bills,” Dr Boxall said.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.