Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten has increased pressure on Victorian Labor with a strong endorsement for natural gas as a key element in solving eastern Australia’s power problems.
Victoria’s irrational anti-gas stance may be starting to crack. This week the Federal Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, urged Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to “turn on the gas taps”, as The Australian put it.
The critical role that gas fired generation plays in providing stability to the National Electricity Market is in sharp focus again this week, with one state seeing a return to service of mothballed gas turbines, the market operator reportedly warning the Federal Government of a looming shortfall in baseload generation if more thermal generators don’t become available to support intermittent renewable sources.
An energy-intensive recycling plant in South Australia announced it would shut down this week, crippled by skyrocketing power prices.