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28
Mar

SHEPPARTON DISTRICT FACING AN ENERGY CRISIS

By Friday this week, the Hazelwood Power Station in the La Trobe Valley will be shut down as a direct result of policy decisions made by the Andrews Labor Government.
The closure of Hazelwood will mean higher energy costs and energy supply instability for all Victorians.
The Victorian Opposition is deeply concerned about the impact this will have on Victorians, and Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell is particularly concerned about the impact it will have on regional homes and businesses, such as those in the Shepparton district.
“Daniel Andrews has set Victoria on a dark path to an energy crisis,” Ms Lovell said.
“Victoria needs a Premier to fight for the best interests of Victorians, not allow crime to soar, youth justice centres to be overrun, CFA volunteers to be shafted and power prices to surge because of reckless ideology.”
Ms Lovell invited Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources, David Southwick, to visit Shepparton today and meet with individuals and businesses to hear first-hand local concerns.
Mr Southwick said the overwhelming feedback from the community is one of fear for the future.
“Because of Daniel Andrews’ reckless energy policy decisions, Victoria now faces 72 days of power shortfall in the next two years according to the Australian Energy Market Operator,” Mr Southwick said.
“The Labor Government’s ideological power policies have left Victoria stranded in an energy crisis, where households and businesses will be exposed to regular South Australian-style blackouts and soaring power prices.”
Currently, Hazelwood represents 22 per cent of Victoria’s power generation and provides 1000 jobs, supplying affordable and reliable power to homes and businesses right across the state.
The Andrews Government has tripled the tax on coal and introduced a state-based Renewable Energy Target of 40 per cent by 2025, which is forcing the closure of Hazelwood.
As a result of this decision, St Vincent De Paul Society estimates Victorians are facing $300 extra on the average annual household energy bill.
Under Daniel Andrews, Victoria is copying South Australia’s energy policies which have resulted in blackouts and the highest power prices in the country.
The Victorian Coalition has called for the Andrews Government to intervene and fight for a staged closure over years as it is the most responsible outcome for the Latrobe Valley and Victoria.
This would allow time for the Latrobe Valley workforce to transition and Victoria’s energy network to adjust while maintaining reliability, security and affordability.
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy has announced that a Liberal Nationals Government will scrap the Victorian Renewable Energy Target so Victorians don’t have repeated blackouts and higher electricity prices.

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