Media Release

27 July 2017

Southwick: Victoria at the mercy of NSW for energy

Thursday 27 July 2017

Victoria at the mercy of NSW for energy


According to Deloitte Access Economics’ latest investment monitor report “Victoria and South Australia may need to import energy at peak times (this summer) if intermittent generation (such as wind and solar) is unavailable.”

Daniel Andrews’ tripled the brown coal royalty rate in the 2016-2017 Victorian Budget, to grab an extra $252 million from the Latrobe Valley power generators.

Hazelwood operator Engie faced an $87.5 million tax bill because of the changes, forcing the power station to announce its closure in November 2016 and shutdown within 5 months in March 2017.

Hazelwood Power Station generated 22 per cent of Victoria’s electricity.

The average Victorian household faces a $300 increase in their annual energy bills this year according to the St Vincent De Paul Society.

Attributable to Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources, David Southwick:

Daniel Andrews’ reckless decision to force the closure of Hazelwood will leave Victoria at the mercy of NSW to keep our lights on.

Victorians don’t want a government that only seems to increase cost of living pressures and that’s what they get from Daniel Andrews.

A Liberal Nationals Government will never actively pursue increases in cost of living pressures unlike Daniel Andrews.