The Morrison Government is one which embarrasses itself on an almost daily basis.
Last week it wanted everyone to believe it had successfully muscled AGL into keeping the ageing Liddell power station open. What it didn’t say was that the extension is just 4 months.
Today, it’s announced its going to form a task force to decide what to do about our energy system when Liddell closes. We’ve known for years Liddell could not continue beyond 50 years-of-age.
If the formation of a committee is the best the Morrison Government can do after six years we are all in trouble. In the Hunter, we are not waiting for the Morrison Government any longer.
We will continue to work with AGL to progress the significant investment it has promised in new forms of energy generation and storage. While the Government continues to dither and spin, we are getting on with the job.
The Bayswater up-grade, a gas-fired peaking station, pumped-hydro, and battery storage are all part of our push to ensure the Hunter remains the engine room of NSW. An energy policy from Canberra would help but we are not holding our collective breath.