Kealy frus­tra­tion over power is­sue

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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

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