Deafening silence on Government electricity contract

The State Liberals are demanding the Weatherill Government update South Australians on the progress of a contract for the generation and supply of electricity to the State Government. “The Weatherill Government touted this contract as a means of attracting new generation to South Australia and driving down the price of electricity for households and businesses,” […]

State–wide blackout goes under the spotlight

A Parliamentary committee established to investigate the state-wide blackout that plunged South Australia into darkness in September last year will meet for the first time today.  The Essential Services Commission and SA Power Networks will be questioned about the causes and consequences of the state-wide blackout.  “South Australians have the right to know how a […]

Electricity Market | MOTION

Mr MARSHALL ( Dunstan—Leader of the Opposition) (10:51:17): I move: That this house expresses its concern at the state of the South Australian electricity market and, in particular, notes— (a) the state government’s energy policy over the last 15 years has delivered South Australian consumers the worst outcomes in the nation; (b) the first ever […]

Electricity Generation/Supply | QUESTION TIME

Excerpt from Question Time transcript 2 March 2017 Mr MARSHALL ( Dunstan—Leader of the Opposition) (14:04:22): My question is to the Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy. Does the minister stand by his statement on radio this morning that, when the government takes back South Australia’s electricity generation assets, load shedding ‘won’t ever happen again’? The Hon. […]

Electricity Generation/Prices | QUESTION TIME

Excerpt from Question Time transcript 1 March 2017 Mr MARSHALL ( Dunstan—Leader of the Opposition) (14:13:35): My question is to the Premier. Can the Premier inform the parliament and, more importantly, can he inform the people of South Australia, precisely when he will detail his plan for resolving the state’s energy crisis? The Hon. J.W. WEATHERILL ( […]

Treasurer trumpets fake news

In response to a question in Parliament today regarding our state’s electricity crisis Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis answered: ‘what we have here is fake news’. The Treasurer has in turn blamed privatisation, the retailers, the generators, the market operators, the weather, the Victorian and Federal Governments for South Australia’s electricity crisis. “Now he blames fake news,” […]

Power outages a financial hit to SA businesses

South Australian employers have suffered massive cost impacts due to significant power outages in the state. Adelaide Brighton Limited is the latest South Australian company to outline the severe costs of recent blackouts, in the order of $13 million. “Electricity disruptions in South Australia are now having a massive financial impact on South Australian businesses, […]

State Liberals support business push for lower power prices

The State Liberals are throwing their support behind South Australian businesses seeking access to lower electricity prices through a joint purchasing group. Shadow Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan has today written to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to support the application of the South Australian Chamber of Mines and […]

Blackout Jay leaves SA vulnerable

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) report into last week’s electricity rationing that impacted 90,000 SA households and businesses is a wake-up call for South Australia. “South Australians are at the mercy of the weather and overly reliant on electricity generated in Victoria after 15 years of Labor,” said Shadow Minister for Energy and Mining […]