Victorian homes will be prone to more blackouts and families will face higher power prices following the announcement by Energy Australia that it will close its Yallourn Power Station in the Latrobe Valley four years earlier than first suggested.
The power station is the largest in Victoria and produces about a quarter of the state’s electricity. But will close in just 7 years in 2028.
The closure will be a massive kick in the guts to the Latrobe Valley with hundreds of locals to lose their jobs.
The Andrews Labor Government has no plan to transition out of coal, only to shut down coal power stations. The lack of a plan by Labor will lead to blackouts, higher prices and mean hundreds of locals will be out of work.
The Liberal Nationals believe in a transition to renewables but not at the risk of homes facing blackouts and the cost of every Victorian paying more for their power.
Labor’s lack of energy policy is a concern for all Victorians and businesses that already face the highest energy prices in the state.
The Liberal Nationals believe in a diverse energy mix that caters for Victorian households and businesses.
In 2019 the Liberal Nationals announced a plan to turn the state’s household landfill into cleaner, reliable power through energy from waste.
As stated by Shadow Minister for Energy and Renewables, Ryan Smith:
“Labor believes in policies that effectively shut down reliable coal fired power supply but without a plan to transition to renewables.
“Labor’s lack of planning means will be more susceptible to blackouts over our hot summers and Victorian families will pay more on their energy bills.
“The Liberal Nationals believe a transition to renewables is vital, but not when it means blackouts across the state and higher electricity bills.
“Labor’s lack of energy policy will leave Victorians in the dark.”