NEG concerns highlighted in the lead up to CoAG meeting

31 July 2018 – Victoria and the Greens is continuing to express “major” concerns about the federal government’s national energy guarantee before make-or-break discussions on the proposal in August.

Victoria’s energy minister Lily D’Ambrosio and Greens leader Richard di Natale warned there would be no approval for the NEG at next week’s CoAG energy ministers meeting if it was to be held hostage to a later Coalition party room meeting. CoAG energy ministers are due to hold their meeting on August 10, but the Coalition government has indicated that emissions targets will not be discussed until another meeting held the following Tuesday, after a party room meeting. But it wants CoAG support for the NEG on the Friday.

In an effort to keep his state counterparts at the table, federal energy minister Josh Frydenberg has offered a two step process before sign-off which will include showing them the federal legislation giving effect to the emissions reduction components of the scheme on 14 August, after the package clears the Coalition party room earlier in the day.

“Malcolm Turnbull is trying to get us to sign up to something that hasn’t gone to his own party room – a place full of climate sceptics,” D’Ambrosio said.

“Every time we get close to a national energy policy, the Coalition Party Room shoots it down. How can we have any confidence in what they’re asking from us if it hasn’t been through his party room first?

“We won’t support a scheme that leaves the states in the dark and leaves us all hostage to the extremists in Turnbull’s party room.”

Read The Guardian’s article HERE

Read RenewEconomy’s article HERE

Read The Age’s article HERE