The Labor Government in South Australia loves to boast about its renewable energy credentials, but our State isn’t matching words with action, say the Greens.
“On the 31st of December this year, the last vestiges of Government commitment to purchasing electricity from renewable sources will disappear,” said SA Greens Energy Spokesperson and Parliamentary Leader Mark Parnell MLC.
The Government has abolished its own Strategic Plan target which was to purchase at least 50% of its electricity requirements from renewable sources such as wind and solar.
“Despite the fact that renewable energy already contributes about 40% of the total state generation mix, the Government never managed to get over 20% GreenPower for its own needs over the last 5 years. Embarrassed by this failure, they have now abandoned the target together.
“With the abandonment of credible climate policy by the Federal Liberals, and no policy at all by the State Liberals, it’s more critical than ever that the State Government recommits to buying renewable energy and then follows through with real action. If the State Government wants to be a leader, it must set a good example to the private sector and other states by preferring clean sources of energy for its own needs.
“It’s no excuse that the Federal Government has dropped the ball on climate change. SA has the ability and the responsibility to promote an industry that has already created thousands of jobs in SA.
“South Australians want our State to be a leader, not a laggard, on climate change,” concluded Mr Parnell.