Energy Insiders Podcast: Butler says Labor will move quickly on climate and energy

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Mark Butler outlines his plans should Labor win government. Plus, we look at Snowy 2.0 costs and the failed Port Augusta solar tower project.

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Opposition climate change spokesman Mark Butler says a Labor government will move quickly to put in its climate and energy policies should it win government in the May 18 poll.

In an interview with Energy Insiders, recorded a day before the poll date was announced, said a Labor government would seek agreement with the Coalition on a National Energy Guarantee, but “will not wait” for them to catch up.

Butler also says Labor will move quickly to consult with business on its broader emissions plan, and with state governments and the market operator and institutions on the final design of its energy policy, which will focus on the 50 per cent renewable energy target, reverse auctions, boosted funds for the CEFC and an energy modernisation fund.

You can also catch Butler’s explanation of the electric vehicle policy, and how that will work, in an interview for The Driven Podcast on our EV-focused sister site.

On Energy Insiders, we also look at the cost increase for the Snowy 2.0 project, increased doubts about whether it will ever make a proper return, and why the Port Augusta solar tower failed.

You can listen to this and other episodes of Energy Insiders, and our other podcast series Solar Insiders and The Driven, here and on your favourite podcast platform.

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