WA Labor learns form SA power crisis

The fact the Western Australian division of the Labor Party has backed away from its commitment to a 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030 shows it has learnt the lessons of South Australia’s over-reliance of wind power.

“The Weatherill Government has made South Australia the nation’s unfortunate guinea pig when it comes to transitioning to renewable energy and clearly WA Labor doesn’t like the results,” said Shadow Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan.

“Of course we must transition away from fossil fuels towards renewables, but it must be done in a well planned, well managed way.

“The Weatherill Government’s headlong rush into wind power has resulted in South Australia relying on renewables for over 40 per cent of its electricity leaving us with the most expensive and least reliable power in the country.

“Achieving the 50 per cent renewable energy target has been an article of faith for Labor Governments so there can be little doubt the electricity crisis engulfing South Australia has prompted a re-think in the West.

WA Labor energy spokesperson Bill Johnston yesterday back flipped on the 50 per cent target declaring “state Labor would sit down with industry after the March 11 poll to see what is achievable and affordable”. (Australian 9/02/17)

“Without accompanying grid scale storage, too much intermittent renewable generation destabilises the market, pushes prices up and reliability down,” said Mr van Holst Pellekaan.

“The Weatherill Government’s foolish policies closed the Port Augusta power station leaving South Australian consumers at the mercy of the wind and Victorian coal fired power stations. “It’s little surprise other jurisdictions are now unwilling to repeat South Australia’s mistakes.”