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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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Wanted: PM’s backbone. Reward: lower power prices in SA

The Australian Greens are calling for the return of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s backbone and resolve on climate policy – and the reward is lower power prices and a healthier environment for future generations.

“The Prime Minister appears to have again misplaced his backbone after uttering the words ‘emissions intensity scheme’ this week,” Greens Senator for South Australia, Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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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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PM attacking SA renewables is not on: Greens

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has called on the Prime Minister to drop his baseless attack on the South Australian renewable energy industry.

“South Australia is leading the nation in tackling dangerous global warming and renewable energy has brought thousands of jobs to our state,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

“The government needs to give up its nakedly ideological attacks on South Australia and renewable energy.

“Acting as unofficial spokespeople for the coal industry, Malcolm Turnbull and his Energy Minister are letting our state down.

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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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South Australia hit hard as Labor/Liberal gut ARENA

Ripping half a billion dollars from funding for renewable energy project will hit South Australian jobs and the state's renewables sector hard, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has said.

"Ripping $500m from investment in renewable technology will be devastating for South Australia," Senator Hanson-Young said.

"Right when our state needs more support from the Federal Government, Labor and the Liberals gang up to gut ARENA.

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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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