Turnbull says he would welcome new coal generator, and prepares to fight Labor on emissions.
Energy minister Josh Frydenberg has declared Australia’s electric vehicle revolution to be “nigh.” But can the Coalition back its proselytising with policies? Or will EVs go the way of renewable energy in the party room?
PM is chuffed about his rooftop PV and storage, and so he should be. Installations like that will be of greater value to the grid than Liddell, which is a similar age and condition to the Hazelwood generator Turnbull admitted was “very old” and no longer viable.
No-one wants to invest in new baseload power. It makes no economic, or environmental sense. Deep down, Malcolm Turnbull understands this, but does he have the courage of his convictions, if that is what they were, to overcome the nonsense from the conservative ideologues?
Turnbull government’s budget had nothing to say on climate, and little on energy. The policy he once derided as a “fig leaf” for climate action is coming to an end, leaving the PM with nothing to meet climate targets, and no strategy to manage the energy transition.
Better managing how we use electricity in our homes will reduce pressure on the grid, and reduce the need for more power stations.
Australia is now pretty much the only major advanced economy where carbon pollution levels are growing.
Labor states accuse Turnbull of peddling “ignorant rubbish”about wind and solar in the wake of the South Australian blackout.
Turnbull names pro-nuclear Josh Frydenberg to head combined energy-environment portfolio, climate denier Matt Canavan to head resources.
Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull’s joint project on renewable energy growth marked a big fail by solar lobby group.