Water managment

Hume Dam power generation trial set to start, benefits to flow

7 November 2018

7 November 2018

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) and energy company Meridian Energy Australia will trial varying water release patterns from Hume Dam to increase power supplies and grid stability this summer.

MDBA Executive Director of River Management, Andrew Reynolds, said the requirement to operate Hume Dam to maximise the volume of water available to communities, irrigators and environmental water holders was not affected by the trial.

“The trial is designed to achieve multiple benefits through careful and planned operations—conserving water for entitlement holders and maintaining the river environment in line with our business as usual while also improving electricity generation,” Mr Reynolds said.

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