Media Release

09 May 2017

Southwick: Victoria’s energy security

Tuesday 9 May 2017

Victoria’s energy security

Victoria’s energy security continues to be at risk with threats of industrial action and generators failing.

Victoria was once the state which supplied other jurisdictions with electricity, but in the last 24 hours we have had the highest wholesale power prices in the country and have been dependent on other states’ generators to keep our lights on.

Daniel Andrews continues to undermine Victoria’s energy supply, prematurely forcing the Hazelwood Power Station to shutdown that cut 22 per cent of the state’s power generation capacity and sent prices instantly increasing by around 10 per cent.

Intermittent wind and other generation sources produced less than 1 per cent of Victoria’s energy supply today.

Labor’s ideological power policies to replace coal power stations with intermittent energy generators are jeopardising Victoria’s energy security, reliability and affordability.