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Show us your power plan Labor, says Coalition

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With a major Hunter energy source closing this month, the Coalition warns everyday Australians will “pay the price” due to Labor’s ideological folly.

As the Liddell Power Station, located between Singleton and Muswellbrook, prepares to shut down operations at the end of April, many residents are fearful as to what lays ahead.

Liddell Power Station
The Liddell Power Station, located between Muswellbrook and Singleton.

And, Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy Ted O’Brien believes they have plenty of cause for concern.

In fact, he’s calling on the Albanese government to reveal its plan for keeping the lights on.

“At least 35% of total energy generation capacity in NSW will exit the grid with the closure of the Liddell Power Station (10%) over coming days and Lake Macquarie’s Eraring Power Station (25%) by 2025,” he said during a visit to the region on Monday 17 April.

“So, what’s the Prime Minister going to do?

“The early exit of the major NSW generators marks the beginning of the rolling premature closures of approximately 20GW of power stations – representing 80% of Australia’s total baseload energy – by 2035.

“There’s no guarantee of a replacement either.

“The Coalition supports an orderly transition towards a cleaner energy future, but you don’t demolish 80% of the nation’s baseload energy capacity without a substitute ready to step in.

“Labor is creating a vacuum, which could result in brownouts and blackouts becoming the norm over coming years.” 

In 2017 when the Liddell Power Station first announced its closure, the Coalition worked closely with AGL to extend its operations and commissioned the 660MW Kurri Kurri gas plant to replace the gaping hole in the market.

Standing near the site, Mr O’Brien called on the Albanese government to scrap its mooted proposal for the Kurri Kurri facility to run on 30% green hydrogen.

“That plan is neither achievable nor costed,” he said.

“It’s also a pig-headed refusal to accept that reality only heightens the risk of the lights going out.

“Labor’s idea to have the Kurri Kurri gas plant 30% hydrogen-ready on day one has seen the project’s price tag more than double and its timeline delayed by at least a year.

“As the electricity market becomes more chaotic, Australian households and businesses are paying more for less.

“Not only are power bills skyrocketing but it’s an unreliable service they’re paying for.”

A number of federal and state Labor politicians, including Paterson’s Meryl Swanson and NSW Premier Chris Minns, refuted Mr O’Brien’s claims, stating they were “simply false”.

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