Parties push for reliable power on EP

Securing Eyre Peninsula’s power supply is an important issue for all three candidates for the seat of Flinders heading toward the state election on March 17.

Electricity has been a major talking point in recent years and measures have been taken to ensure issues like the September 2016 blackout do not happen again.

The Labor Party announced last week that all South Australians would be eligible for a loan of up to $10,000 with no interest charged for the first seven years to purchase and install solar and battery systems.

Labor candidate for Flinders Julie Watson said it was part of the party’s commitment in the renewable energy industry.

“Jobs are my number one priority and our continued investment in the renewable energy industry will create new sustainable jobs in our region,” she said.

“Labor is taking back control of our state’s energy future and delivering South Australian power for South Australians.”

The Liberal Party’s energy policy includes a single national strategy and strengthening of the network, with the creation of a $200-million Interconnection Fund to provide access to cheap base-load power, a more reliable supply and export opportunities with better interconnection a priority.

Liberal Member for Flinders Peter Treloar said he wanted to ensure the delivery of reliable and affordable power to Eyre Peninsula.

“It is vital that the planned ElectraNet upgrade of the main transmission line on to Eyre Peninsula occur as soon as possible,” he said.

“This will ensure a more reliable power supply of power into and potentially out of Eyre Peninsula.

“Also critical will be the ‘hardening’ of the distribution lines to our homes and businesses.”

The Australian Conservatives’ plan to end the electricity crisis is to restore “the Playford model” of using the most reliable and affordable electricity regardless of how it is generated.

The party has promised it would end future state subsidies of renewable energy and commission a cost-benefit analysis of a coal-fired power plant or a nuclear power plant.

Flinders candidate Tony Parker said the issue was vital for the region.

“You can do nothing without electricity...live five minutes without air, 14 days without food, how long without electricity?,” he said.

“No petrol, no phone, no doctors, supermarket shelves are empty, no money and no ATM.”