Re­new­able en­ergy

The Australian Energy Review - - CONTENTS - Cameron Drum­mond

THE South Aus­tralian Lib­eral Party has promised a $100 mil­lion bat­tery plan and fast-track a new $200m in­ter­con­nec­tor to NSW if elected.

Ac­cord­ing to State op­po­si­tion leader Steven Mar­shall, the Lib­eral En­ergy So­lu­tion would sub­sidise house­hold bat­ter­ies and shelve a State-owned power plant so­lu­tion.

About 40,000 homes un­der the Lib­eral En­ergy So­lu­tion would be el­i­gi­ble un­der a means-tested scheme.

Mr Mar­shall said the plan would en­able South Aus­tralians to take charge of their elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion and con­sump­tion.

“Our bat­tery pro­gram will fo­cus on South Aus­tralians, not celebrity bil­lion­aires,” Mr Mar­shall said.

“Greater in­ter­con­nec­tion will en­able us to ex­port more of our re­new­able en­ergy when the sun is shin­ing and the wind is blow­ing, and im­port re­li­able baseload en­ergy when we need it.”

Mr Mar­shall said the Lib­eral En­ergy So­lu­tion would take into con­sid­er­a­tion the con­tracted com­mit­ments the Govern­ment has al­ready locked peo­ple into and then im­prove on them.

To se­cure the South Aus­tralian elec­tric­ity grid un­til key el­e­ments of the Lib­eral En­ergy So­lu­tion were in place, the Op­po­si­tion said it would con­tinue to lease emergency back-up gen­er­a­tors un­til 2019.

Af­ter that, a re­verse auc­tion sys­tem would be im­ple­mented to en­sure ad­di­tional emergency gen­er­a­tion was avail­able.

Im­age: Sup­plied.

The South Aus­tralian op­po­si­tion has an­nounced its en­ergy plan.

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