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Record renewable energy production in South Australia: will Liberal opposition support govt legislation to regulate electricity market?

SA power crisis: Renewable energy production in SA at 50 per cent, eight years ahead of schedule, Daniel Wills, State Political Editor, The Advertiser, April 9, 2017  GREEN energy production in South Australia has reached record levels, with the state poised to meet its 50 per cent renewable energy target almost eight years ahead of schedule.

Latest figures obtained from sources including the Australian Energy Market Operator indicate SA has derived 53 per cent of its electricity in the past 12 months from sun and wind.

The last official AEMO update, delivered in August, showed 42 per cent of the state’s power came from renewable sources in the 2015-16 financial year.

It will provide another annual update in coming months but publicly available data collated by the Opposition details a further green power surge, to 53 per cent, in the past 12 months since the Port Augusta power station closed.

Premier Jay Weatherill has previously set a target of achieving 50 per cent green power for SA by 2025, but said publicly that he believed it could be reached much sooner……

Mr Koutsantonis called on the Opposition to reveal if it would pass legislation to give him more power to intervene in the electricity market and tell power stations how to operate.

“(Opposition Leader) Steven Marshall has no plan,” Mr Koutsantonis said.

“He instead continues to support dirty coal and has promised to scrap SA’s renewable energy target.

“Unlike our opponents, we believe renewable energy is a good thing.

“The fact that SA is leading the nation is something to be proud of.”

Mr Koutsantonis said his energy plan included measures to support new investment in “synchronous generation”, such as gas, that experts have said is needed to build grid strength……


April 10, 2017 - Posted by | energy, politics, South Australia

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