The Hazelwood Power Station has been shut down due to policy decisions by the Andrews Labor Government. Hazelwood represents 22 per cent of Victoria’s power generation and 1000 jobs, providing affordable and reliable power to homes and businesses.
The Andrews Government tripled the tax on coal and introduced a state-based Renewable Energy Target of 40% by 2025, forcing this closure. 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, Victorians now face 72 days of power shortfall in the next two years according to the Australian Energy Market Operator, putting the State’s power security in jeopardy and more pressure on prices.
The Leader of Opposition, Matthew Guy, has announced that a Liberal Government will scrap the Victorian Renewable Energy Target, so Victorians don't have repeated blackouts and higher electricity prices.
Ripon MP Louise Staley said that under Daniel Andrews Victoria is powering down and electricity bills are powering up.
“Unless we act, Victoria is bound to have regular South Australian-style blackouts and higher power prices because of Daniel Andrews’ reckless policies.” Ms Staley 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.”