Kealy frustration over power issue
Member for Lowan Emma Kealy expects western Victorians to be shocked to see their next power bills featuring a new charge for ‘off-setting’ the costs of sourcing ‘alternative’ power.
Ms Kealy said Wimmera people would be as annoyed as any at the charge, which she claimed was a reflection of how Premier Daniel Andrews was failing to manage the state’s transition to renewable energy.
“Everyone agrees that renewable energy will play a large and important part of our energy future,” she said.
“But the responsibility to ensure the transition to renewable energy is reliable and affordable falls squarely on the Andrews Labor government.
“The rapid transition to large-scale wind and solar generators into the power grid is causing
significant problems in ensuring supply.
“It is requiring regular emergency action and costly interventions to make sure the lights are staying on.
“Labor has no plan to manage this transition and the $51-million cost of the necessary interventions is being passed directly on to households and businesses.”
Ms Kealy said she believed circumstances surrounding the extra charge had been politically motivated.
“Again Daniel Andrews is putting politics over people and again it is Victorian households and businesses that have to pay the price,” she said.
“I will continue to raise this important issue with the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’ambrosio until she takes the action required to address the escalating energy crisis facing all Victorians.” reliability of