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Weatherill’s power failure

May 09, 2017


Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP
Shadow Minister for Energy and Mining
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Weatherill’s power failure


The closure of the Northern Power Station a year ago has come at a very heavy price for South Australian electricity consumers.

“In the year since Jay Weatherill sacrificed the Northern Power Station for want of just $25 million the price of electricity in South Australia has sky rocketed and reliability plummeted,” said Shadow Minister for Energy Dan van Holst Pellekaan.

“In the 12 months since the Port Augusta power station closed spot prices on the electricity market have increased by 105 per cent when compared with the previous year and forward contract prices have jumped by 46 per cent.

“Household consumers faced increases in electricity prices of up to 12 per cent last year and will be hit with another large increase this year.

“Jay Weatherill’s foolish energy policies forced the Northern Power station to close and stripped the market of cheap, baseload power.

“As a consequence of forcing South Australia’s cheapest generator to close net imports from Victoria
have increased by 48%, pouring South Australians money into the coffers of Victorian generators.

“Adding insult to injury there have been six major blackouts since the closure of the Northern Power station increased the fragility of South Australia’s electricity grid.

“The Weatherill Government’s failed energy policies are feeding into South Australia’s jobs crisis as businesses cut labor costs to pay for increased electricity costs.

“Had Jay Weatherill invested $25 million in the Northern Power station there would be no need for his $550 million bailout of South Australia’s electricity network.

“If the Northern Power station’s 540 megawatts of power had still been available Jay Weatherill would not be spending $360 million on 250 megawatts of back-up power that will operate acouple of days a year.

“There would be no need to spend potentially $80 million on the 200 megawatts of diesel generators that Jay Weatherill is installing to keep the lights on next summer.

“There would be no need for Jay Weatherill’s massive advertising campaign to convince South Australians he isn’t to blame for their electricity woes.”

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