Lit­tleproud blasts new en­ergy plan

Dalby Herald - - LIFE - Sam Flana­gan Sam.Flana­gan@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

AN EN­ERGY plan un­veiled by the State Gov­ern­ment on Tues­day has left Mara­noa MP David Lit­tl­proud fum­ing.

The Sum­mer Pre­pared­ness Plan, drawn up by the Queens­land La­bor Gov­ern­ment’s En­ergy Se­cu­rity Task­force, will most likely pro­duce on­go­ing black­outs and a raft of in­va­sive mea­sures, ac­cord­ing to Mr Lit­tleproud.

“It’s a plan to limit sup­ply, in­trude into Queens­lan­ders’ homes to switch off their ap­pli­ances with­out warn­ing and de­mand fam­i­lies and busi­nesses turn their air-con­di­tion­ing to 26 de­grees; it’s mind bog­gling in this day-and-age,” Mr Lit­tleproud said.

“Last year, al­most a year to the day on Oc­to­ber 12, La­bor re­leased its Cred­i­ble Path­ways to a 50% Re­new­able En­ergy Tar­get for Queens­land – Draft Re­port which in­cluded an op­tion to close one of Queens­land’s coal-fired power sta­tions.

“This State Gov­ern­ment is driv­ing Queens­land into the dark ages and would rather close a coal-fired power sta­tion and go into your home unan­nounced to turn off your ap­pli­ances rather than ad­dress­ing the real is­sues.”

Mr Lit­tleproud, who has an elec­torate which cov­ers 42% of the state, said CS En­ergy’s Ko­gan Creek Power Sta­tion is ready to ex­pand and could be the an­swer to Queens­land’s en­ergy cri­sis.

He also called for the State Gov­ern­ment to pro­tect the states most vul­ner­a­ble.

“I vis­ited the state-owned Ko­gan Creek Power Sta­tion and it has the abil­ity to ex­pand op­er­a­tions. There’s a coal mine al­ready op­er­at­ing, with coal de­posits to last hun­dreds-of-years, so it makes sense to ex­pand this op­er­a­tion to ad­dress the en­ergy price cri­sis and grow Su­rat Basin jobs in the process,” he said.

“Power bill fright means we al­ready have se­niors and our com­mu­nity’s most vul­ner­a­ble hes­i­tat­ing at turn­ing on a heater dur­ing win­ter and now that we’re fac­ing a record-break­ing sum­mer, elec­tric­ity is fast turn­ing into a lux­ury.

“How can La­bor in good con­science milk $1.5 bil­lion from state-owned gen­er­a­tors – like Ko­gan Creek Power Sta­tion – but let se­niors and fam­i­lies do­ing it tough baulk at turn­ing on their power be­cause they’re fright­ened of the next power bill? It’s ab­so­lutely dis­gust­ing and it has to stop.

“The State Gov­ern­ment’s 2017-18 Bud­get fore­casted a $1.5 bil­lion wind­fall over the for­ward es­ti­mates from the state-owned gen­er­a­tors – that’s a 110% in­crease.

“I be­lieve coal re­mains a vi­tal part of our baseload sys­tem... we can’t re­place our baseload with some­thing in­ter­mit­tent and very costly.”

❝ We al­ready have se­niors and our com­mu­nity’s most vul­ner­a­ble hes­i­tat­ing at turn­ing on a heater dur­ing win­ter. — David Lit­tleproud

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

NEEDED: David Lit­tleproud be­lieves the Ko­gan Creek Power Sta­tion could help with Queens­land’s power prob­lems.

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