Dan’s battery plan: too little, too late

Daniel Andrews’ plan to secure Victoria’s energy supply is too little, too late.

In April last year, the Andrews Government committed to two 20-megawatt batteries to be delivered for Victoria by this summer. The deadline for this project has come and gone without a whisper from the Government.

Reports today have revealed that Daniel Andrews is now back flipping on his original commitment and is only committing to one battery to be delivered in 2019.

This comes just days before an intense heatwave across Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia, and follows Victoria enacting emergency measures, paid for by taxpayers and energy users, after the market regulator warned of high chances of power shortages.

Daniel Andrews was warned about the consequences of shutting Hazelwood, removing 22% of our energy supply, yet he continues to push ahead with his go-it-alone renewable energy scheme, which is driving Victorian’s energy costs up and threatening the state’s energy security.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources, David Southwick:

“Daniel Andrews is so busy chasing after green votes with his 40% renewable energy target that he’s ignoring today’s energy crisis.

“Prices are up, we’re facing a heatwave and potential blackouts, and Daniel Andrews can’t even deliver two batteries on time.

“This is today’s problem, not tomorrow’s. Daniel Andrews has failed to deliver energy affordability and reliability for all Victorians.”

Media contact:         Atia Sadiqzai            0424651131            atia.sadiqzai@parliament.vic.gov.au

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