Utility’s getting its act together

THE public notice put out by Western Power on page 26 of The West Australian on February 18 calling for power restrictions quotes superseded legislation.

In the notice, the relevant legislation referred to is the Energy Corporations (Powers) Act 1979.

In reality, the legislation governing such events is the Energy Operators (Powers) Act 1979.

Lawyers have told WA Business News that the public notice quoted the incorrect name of the legislation.

However, they said, the legislation was exactly the same – just under a different name.

A Western Power spokesman said advice he had been given did not affect restriction orders Western Power had put in place.

“The name of the legislation does not affect the validity of the order,” he said.

However, the spokesman said he did not know why the incorrect name of the act was used in the notice.

It is understood businesses that did not comply with the restrictions, which called for a ban on air-conditioning, among other things, faced a $10,000 fine.

The Western Power spokesman said no businesses had been fined.

He also denied rumours of Western Power inspectors doing checks on businesses to ensure they were not breaking the restrictions.



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