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July
22
2016

Time for honest discussion about energy in South Australia

 

Source: Clean Energy Council, 22 July 2016


The Clean Energy Council has today called for a national summit on energy market reform to set the record straight on what is occurring in South Australia and start a mature conversation about practical reforms to support the continued transition to clean energy in the state.


Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said recent reporting of the energy situation in South Australia and the misunderstanding of many commentators demonstrated the complexity of the matter, and the broad range of vested interests involved.


“We have been calling for several years for a more strategic approach to energy market reform that can deliver a 21st century energy system driven by renewable energy. Unfortunately it has taken recent events in South Australia to highlight the importance of long-term strategic energy planning,” Mr Thornton said.


“We are calling for major stakeholders, industry and government representatives to come together and lay the groundwork for sensible and considered changes in the energy market that will serve power users better.


“It is unfortunate that the complexity of this issue has resulted in some commentators settling on renewable energy as the root cause of all the challenges in South Australia. This is simply untrue.”


A new report released today by the Clean Energy Council titled The rise of Renewables in South Australia: Current state of play examines recent trends including power prices, reliability, system security and the key factors affecting each of these.


The report includes new analysis that shows that wind power output correlates with lower wholesale power prices in South Australia. This is in contrast to a strong correlation between the price of gas and electricity prices.


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