31 Jan 2019 Climate Change, Electric Vehicles, Energy, Media Releases

The Greens (WA) spokesperson for Energy, Tim Clifford MLC, has welcomed the McGowan Government’s announcement to invest in renewable storage but calls on the government to ensure the batteries can be used locally.

Given the growing demand for battery storage systems and clean, green societies, it is pertinent the State Government reforms the energy market to ensure all Western Australians can take advantage of these new technologies.

“It’s positive to see the McGowan Government has acknowledged the need to bring battery storage into the market, but we need to ensure that these technologies can be used in our local energy grid,” Mr Clifford said.

“WA desperately needs energy reforms. We need energy security, lower electricity prices, and to re-power our economy by transitioning to clean renewable energy.”

Currently, WA lacks a renewable energy target, an electric vehicle strategy, and clear guidelines on how household batteries and other renewable technologies can blend into the grid.

“The advantage we have in WA is that we have control over the grid, so the State Government has no excuse not to reform the sector to serve the public better.”

Media contact: The Office of Tim Clifford MLC 9274 8484