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Lights out for South Australians to protect profits for big power companies

SA Power Networks has admitted to staying quiet for a week and a half on a software glitch that saw an additional 60,000 South Australian homes out of power during load shedding this month, following intense questioning from Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young at today’s ‘Senate Select Committee into the Resilience of Electricity Infrastructure in a Warming World’ hearing in Adelaide.

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SA energy privatisation failure – AEMO to face Senate inquiry tomorrow

Modernising the energy grid and investing in storage technology is the only way to future-proof South Australia’s supply of electricity following more than a decade of disastrous privatisation, the Australian Greens have said.

“The situation in South Australia is an extraordinary example of failed privatisation,” South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“Our state has been let down, time and time again. We need to look at developments in storage technology and invest in the Solar Thermal Power Station in Port Augusta to future proof our network.

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Senate to explore Australian ‘Battery-Boom’ potential

The potential for an Australian Battery-Boom will be analysed after the Australian Greens established an inquiry into the ‘Resilience of Electricity Infrastructure in a Warming World’.

“Severe storms have battered the southern states in recent weeks and we’ve seen the supply of energy in South Australia take a hit as a result,” Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The relentless march of dangerous global warming means that these sorts of extreme weather events will only become more common in the future.

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Senate supports SA’s RET

The Senate has supported a motion endorsing South Australia’s renewable energy target, despite efforts from the Turnbull government to talk it down.

“The Senate has endorsed South Australia’s renewable energy target and the growth of wind and solar in our state,” Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The fact that the government voted against this motion tells you all you need to know about their contempt for jobs and renewable energy in South Australia.

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Greens to move Senate motion in support of SA renewable energy target

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has said that the release of the preliminary Australian Energy Market Operator report into the SA storms has shown that renewable energy was not to blame for the state-wide blackout and will move a motion, supporting renewable energy in her state, when the Senate next sits.

“This report makes it crystal clear that the storm caused South Australia’s blackout. Anyone saying otherwise is only doing so for cheap political reasons,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Turnbull’s attack on renewables reprehensible and reactionary: Greens

Greens Senator for South Australia, Sarah Hanson-Young, has said renewable energy was not to blame for yesterday's state-wide SA blackout and those who are using the crisis to score political points should be ashamed of themselves.

"South Australians should be working together and looking after each other at this difficult time, not finger pointing and scoring cheap political points," South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens pledge support for ARENA and renewables in SA

The Greens will support renewable energy projects in South Australia by voting against the Coalition's proposed billion dollar cuts to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency in the Senate.

"We will vote to protect our state's renewable energy future and I call on my South Australian Senate colleagues to do the same," South Australian Greens' Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Gutting ARENA will have a devastating effect on jobs in South Australia. The Labor Party and the Nick Xenophon Team should immediately rule out supporting these regressive cuts.

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Greens launch SA clean energy plan to power the new economy and create jobs

Greens leader Senator Richard Di Natale is visiting Adelaide today to announce the South Australian component of the Greens’ RenewAustralia plan.

“The RenewAustralia plan would see the creation of 800-1000 jobs in a state that desperately needs them, while setting a course for South Australia to be powered by 100% clean energy by 2030,” Senator Di Natale said.

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Flinders University should reject cash for dodgy Lomborg scheme

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has written to the Flinders University Council and Chancellor urging them to follow the University of Western Australia and reject the Abbott government’s desperate bid to find a host for climate sceptic Bjorn Lomborg.

"Flinders University should reject the Abbott Governments bribery of research money in exchange for hosting the climate sceptic Bjorn Lomborg," South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

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Senate backs jobs, investment and renewable energy in SA – Liberals oppose

The Senate has passed a motion calling on the government to support renewable energy in South Australia and protect thousands of jobs by backing the Renewable Energy Target in full.

"South Australia is leading the way on renewables, with billions already invested in wind and solar, but the Abbot government is putting that at risk," Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Scrapping or winding back the RET will be devastating for South Australia.

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