AEC calls for bipartisan energy policy in SA

The energy industry has called on the new South Australia Government to lead a return to a bipartisan energy strategy for South Australia following the state election earlier this month.

The Australian Energy Council (AEC) released a review of the range of energy policy announcements made in the lead up to the election, which revealed a range of sensible policy initiatives from both major parties that would form the basis for an effective state energy plan.

Energy policy announcements include Labor’s $550 million energy plan, which comprises a 250MW state-owned gas-fired power station and a 100MW grid-connected battery storage facility, and SA-BEST’s government-sponsored community retailer.

AEC chief executive Matthew Warren said while energy policy was described as a major issue at the recent election, there was little evidence that it materially influenced voter behaviour.

“South Australians want what we all want – an affordable, reliable energy system that responsibly manages the risk of climate change and supports the state’s economy,” he said.

“There has been a wide range of different ideas put forward in the past year on how to fix the SA energy ‘crisis’.

“The best ideas have come from both sides of politics.”

Mr Warren said the Marshall Government has a great opportunity to “put the political point scoring on energy policy behind it”.