Monday 16th October 2017
Recent accusations from the Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg that renewable energy is driving up energy prices seems to be at odds with analysis released from University of Melbourne’s Climate & Energy College.
The research shows that Victoria’s renewable energy target (VRET) reduces the state’s reliance on gas powered generation and that without the VRET our gas demand would be driven up.
“Just to be clear, the VRET reduces Victoria’s gas power generation needs relative to the no-VRET reference case” Dylan McConnell from University of Melbourne tweeted on Thursday.
“Minister Frydenberg and others from the Federal government continue to peddle this spin that Victoria’s commitment to building more renewable energy will drive energy prices up whilst they continue to mount pressure on the Andrews government to lift the ban on unconventional gas to allow gas drilling across the state. These are clearly not solutions to rising energy and gas prices”
“We know that renewable energy can play a major roll in not only driving down the cost of energy but also giving stability to the grid. To think that Mr Frydenberg wants to put our states food and water security at risk by drilling for risky gas on our most productive farmland is astonishing, especially as it will do nothing to drive down gas prices.”
“Instead of attacking state’s that are putting forward smart and viable solutions to rising energy prices, the Federal government should try putting their bias towards fossil fuels to one side and work with states not against them for the good of all Australians” said Ursula Alquier, Friends of the Earth Community Campaigner
For comments contact:
Ursula Alquier, Coal & Gas Free Victoria Community Campaigner – Ph 0474 803 740
Leigh Ewbank, Act on Climate Victorian Coordinator – Ph 0406 316 176
Pat Simons, Yes to Renewables Community Coordinator – Ph 0415 789 961