In response to South Australian Labor’s plan for a 75 per cent state renewable energy target for 2025 and a complimentary storage target, Australian Conservation Foundation Climate Change Program Manager, Gavan McFadzean, said:
“Labor’s plan to boost South Australia’s renewable energy target and establish a storage goal would reaffirm the state’s position as the high-water mark for clean power in this country.
“This is a nation leading commitment that reflects the kind of clean energy transition needed to swiftly cut climate pollution and ensure we keep enjoying life on our beautiful planet.
“Integrating a storage target with a strong renewable energy goal will guarantee clean, reliable electricity supply for South Australians. SA is yet again distinguishing itself on the world stage and taking responsible steps to move away from polluting coal power.
“As currently proposed, the Turnbull Government’s National Energy Guarantee would bolster polluting coal power and slow investment in clean energy. It is therefore critical that state governments adopt strong plans to ensure Australia is harvesting as much clean energy from the sun and wind as possible, and backing that up with sound storage options.
“We urge the South Australian Liberal Party to immediately abandon its plan to get rid of the state’s renewable energy target and its support for the National Energy Guarantee. The Liberal Party and SA Best should now move to match Labor’s ambition and ensure South Australia continues to be a clean energy powerhouse.”