Guest essay by Eric Worrall
High Drama in Australian Green Politics – The Premier of the failed energy state of South Australia has publicly clashed with Federal Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg at a joint news conference, accusing the Federal minister to his face of being part of the most “anti” South Australian government in living memory.
Watch SA Premier Jay Weatherill shirtfront Josh Frydenberg over energy policy
By political reporter Jane Norman
Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg and South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill have clashed during a bizarre press conference that descended into a slanging match over energy policy.
The Federal Government has been relentlessly attacking South Australia’s approach to energy and its over-reliance on renewable sources, since last year’s state-wide black out.
Mr Weatherill this week announced a half-a-billion dollar plan to shore up the state’s fragile power supply, which was dismissed as a “$550 million admission of failure” by Mr Frydenberg, who accused the state of trying to “go it alone”.
In Adelaide to launch a federally funded “virtual power plant”, Mr Frydenberg found himself seated awkwardly between Mr Weatherill and South Australia’s Treasurer, Tim Koutsantonis, and then conducting a joint press conference with the Premier.
The video of the clash;
Regardless of your views on renewable energy, I can’t help feeling none of this would have happened if South Australia’s grid was sourced from reliable, dispatchable energy sources.