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Labor’s diesel disaster

The Victorian Labor Government’s decision to install diesel generators to provide the state power is proof it’s closure of the Hazelwood Power Station was wrong.

Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, said the diesel decision is flawed in many ways

“Here we have a Government that is wildly shooting for a 40 per cent Renewable Energy Target (RET) by 2025 – and yet it installs dirty diesel generators.

“This is the same government that wipes 1600 megawatts of power from the grid with the closure of Hazelwood, leaving the state with potential blackouts because it doesn’t have enough power,” he said.

Hazelwood represented 22 per cent of the state’s baseload power generation.

“This is the same Labor Government that says it is all about renewable energy – but potentially leaves us with no energy.

“This is the same Labor Government that removes reliable power to achieve an unrealistic and expensive RET – and puts in dirty diesel generators to save face,” Mr Ramsay said.

In March this year, the Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said:  “We’re not considering any diesel back-up because we are building the generation and storage necessary to protect Victorian consumers.”

Mr Ramsay said the diesel generators represent a backflip of enormous proportions.

“They’re proving themselves wrong and telling the Victorian people that they’re own energy policy is super-flawed, super-expensive, unattainable and, in reality, an emitter of dirty emissions.”

To reach the 2025 RET, Victorian will need to generate 5400MW of renewable energy.  It would take about 3,564 wind turbines to achieve this – more than five times the number currently operating.

“Following the disastrous route of South Australia is hardly good politics – and simply not good enough for Victorian residents and businesses”.

SA has just leased and installed diesel generators for electricity shortfalls.  They will provide 276 MW power after major blackouts brought the state to a standstill earlier this year.