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Outlook conference: no emissions targets, Angus Taylor warns states
October 11, 2018
The Australian Newspaper
Energy Minister Angus Taylor has warned state governments against derailing an attempt to legislate more reliability into the national energy grid by demanding emissions targets at an upcoming COAG meeting.
Mr Taylor, who has been asked by Scott Morrison to focus only on lower energy prices after emissions targets for the energy sector were dumped, this week declared he would be asking COAG ministers at an October 26 meeting to agree to a “reliability obligation” by the end of the year.
“It’s a very brave state that is going into a summit that is going to be tough, that says ‘we’re not going to support the reliability obligation’,” Mr Taylor told the conference yesterday. The energy sector has been in disarray since the government’s national energy guarantee was ditched at the time Malcolm Turnbull was deposed as prime minister following a backbench revolt over emissions targets.
Mr Taylor said that “for whatever reason” Australia was on track to meet its Paris Agreement target of cutting emissions by 26 per cent by the end of next decade, citing the growing use of rooftop solar and private battery storage.
“It’s happening very quickly,” he said. “Our challenge is to actually stabilise the system.”
He said the only reason an emissions target would be needed was if reductions greater than 26 per cent were being aimed at, such as Labor’s target to reduce emissions by 45 per cent over the same period.
“It will raise the price of electricity by a very significant margin,” he said.
The architect of the failed NEG, Energy Security Board chair Kerry Schott, said she was still working on the NEG and that she had been asked to report to COAG by the end of the month.
“The emissions … will need to be excised from the legislation,” Ms Schott said. “We’ve been consulting on draft legislation. Everything is pretty much ready to go.”
But Ms Schott said there needed to be some management of the way different types of energy were entering the system.
“We need some rules … so the industry knows what is happening with emissions so they can judge their investments,” she said. “It’s important to get investment certainty. You don’t have to be talking about specific targets … but people in the industry do need to know what the general rules are. At the moment it is being simply driven by economics and subsidies. The pricing is all over the place.”
Ms Schott said state-based reliability targets were previously set too high, resulting in an “enormous” impact on prices.
“The cost-benefit analysis of that reliability was clearly never done,” she said.
Mr Taylor said government would proceed with the Snowy 2.0 project only if it stacked up economically.
Michael Roddan is a business reporter covering banking, insurance, superannuation, financial services and regulation.
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