L-PLATE PREMIER FAILS TEST ON ENERGY POLICY

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Premier Berejiklian displayed a disturbing level of ignorance of her party’s energy policies on Sunday when she confused emissions for renewable energy targets.

Premier Berejiklian displayed a disturbing level of ignorance of her party’s energy policies on Sunday when she confused emissions for renewable energy targets. 

The stumble on Sky News showed the shambles of Ms Berejiklian’s government, which is just three weeks old but is struggling to get to grips with a number of issues.

Despite nominating housing affordability as a key priority for her government she has refused to raise negative gearing reform with her federal counterparts. And her government is deeply divided over the failed local council amalgamations policy that has seen one rule for rural NSW and another for Sydney. 

Today in answer to a question on renewable energy she said that a 20 per cent target for renewables by 2050 had been in place for some time.

In fact the state government’s previous energy minister Anthony Roberts said in October 2016 that he supported 23.5 per cent renewable energy target by 2020. And in November former Premier Mike Baird announced a goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The centrepiece of this Government’s energy policy to date has been its fight in the courts against the Australian Energy Regulator’s decision to lower power prices for households and businesses.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“The Premier has shown her complete lack of knowledge of her own party’s energy policy. She confused renewable energy with zero emissions and pushed out the target by 30 years.

“Only nine days ago electricity supplies were cut to industry, risking potentially catastrophic consequences at the important Tomago aluminium smelter.

“Not enough electricity is being generated for our very hottest summer days yet the new premier seems blissfully unaware of her own government’s energy policies.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Energy Minister Adam Searle

“This is a government that is using taxpayer dollars to fight the Australian Energy Regulator to try and force higher electricity bills for every householder and business in the state.

This government’s inaction on energy policy left NSW exposed to extreme risks of the kind we faced on February 10.

“It has been asleep at the wheel and the Premier’s disturbing lack of understanding may explain why. It calls into question her basic competence.