Need for Federal Leadership as Cheap Renewables Disrupt Energy System
5 January 2021: Need for Federal Leadership as Cheap Renewables Disrupt Energy System
The Energy Security Board’s latest report on the health of the National Electricity Market demonstrates the clear need for the Morrison Government to implement a credible climate and renewable energy plan, according to community group Solar Citizens.
“Today’s report highlights the need for a credible energy transition plan from the Morrison Government because right now we’re seeing the transition happen rapidly but without proper coordination,” said Stephanie Gray, Campaigner at Solar Citizens.
“We’re seeing cheaper renewable energy coming online quickly and it’s pushing out Australia’s ageing coal and gas generators from the mix.
“It’s consumers that will have to pay more if the Morrison Government keeps failing to show leadership because we need to ensure there is adequate renewable energy generation and storage online to replace retiring coal and gas stations.
“The Federal Government needs to quit playing politics and acknowledge that the transition is here. It’s time to plan for coal closures and ensure that fossil fuel workers aren’t left out of the conversation.”
The Energy Security Board’s report notes that Australia’s ageing fossil fuel generators are a ‘reliability risk’ in New South Wales and Victoria.
“Ageing coal and gas generators are unreliable, particularly in the summer heat when energy is needed the most,” said Ms Gray.
“We know that renewables backed by storage can keep the lights on, but for the transition to happen smoothly we need the Morrison Government to come to the table. Their policy failings are hurting consumers and stalling a cleaner future for Australians.”
Media contact: Stephanie Gray 0425543006