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Taken Over by S.E.C. j

Arrangements have been completed for co-ordination of the Melbourne City Council's important power station at Spencer st. with the State Electricity Commission's productive system, of which it will now form an integral pnrt. Ti>? .-.tatton lias an cflective capacity of 27,000 kilowatts.

Mr. Old, Minister in Charge of Elec- trical Undertakings, said yesterday the arrangement was highly desirable and sntisfnetory. The station would l>c operated under control of the commis- sion, but would remain in tile ownership of the City Council.

It had been maintained in a high state of efficiency in the development of the City Council's supply, though operated in recent years solely as n peak load station.

"It will be appreciated," .said Mr. Old. "that this represents a definite contribu- tion towards stability at a time when national issues demand conservation of nil resources and full use of all generat- ing plant. It has the additional advan- tage that spare plant-so essential in these times-can, under,the commission'); control and direction, 'bo much more effectively employed."

Mr. Old praised the council's action, | which, he said, Indicated its broad out-

look towards interests of the State 05 a

vvhole. He added that the arrangement vvas in conformity with the principles laid down by Parliament when it en- trusted tlio commission willi the co- ordination of all electrical undertakings in the State.

"This valuable contribution to the strengthening of the national cause has emphasis in the fact that the commis- sion will now exercise co-ordinating con- trol over tlie generation of 97 per cent, of electricity used in the factories, homes, farms, &c, throughout the State," Mr. Old ndded.