Coalition to land new energy policy

Paterniano Del Favero
Giugno 19, 2017

The coalition partyroom on Tuesday is expected to discuss the government's position on Chief Scientist Alan Finkel's energy review released last week.

"Permission is not decided by the clean energy target at all", Dr Finkel told The Australian on Monday.

"It's a slaughter", said an MP inside the meeting "and a lot of the usual suspects haven't spoken yet".

"It may not be likely, but this will test the commercial viability of the very coal technologies people would like to support".

Meanwhile, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is still accepting submissions until the end of June on numerous issues tackled in the report, including the prices, costs and profits that contribute to electricity bills, and how providers can work better with customers.

Clean Energy Council chief executive Kane Thornton says Dr Finkel's report recognises that Australia has the clean energy technology and solutions to deliver a reliable power system, at affordable prices.

Former Liberal leader Tony Abbott has publicly stated that he's sceptical about the recommendation. Another said it was the best discussion of a complex topic he had witnessed in the party room.

Christensen said he had no intention of voting for a clean energy target that penalised coal and neither would the bulk of the National party.

"It would appear that chaos is the order of the day for Malcolm Turnbull and his Liberal party room".

Senior government ministers are trying to downplay the troubles inside their own party, after reports of a Coalition bitterly divided on energy and climate policy following a controversial meeting overnight.

"Once again, Turnbull has failed on climate change", he tweeted on Tuesday night.

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Mark Collette"Doing nothing means higher prices and less reliable energy for all customers

"The Abbott-Turnbull wars are back", he told reporters. Mr Turnbull has been weakened and Australians are the loser.

Opposition climate change spokesman Mark Butler has urged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to show leadership.

A CET with bipartisan support would restore investor certainty to a volatile and dysfunctional energy market, resulting in lower prices. Renewable energy plants could then partner with other forms of generation such as energy storage to meet these requirements.

Labor has questioned how a CET could include coal any type of coal fired power.

The CET would provide incentives for generators to produce electricity below a certain emissions intensity baseline.

"Given the history of climate policy in this place, given we've got the Labor party pushing 50% renewable energy targets. given we've got some Labor MPs talking about no more coal-fired power at all - how are we, honestly, going to have policy stability?" the outspoken MP told Sky News.

'Remember it was a clean energy target that was actually first put forward by John Howard, ' he said.

Frydenberg added that colleagues were mostly concerned with the rising price of electricity, not so much the proportion of coal or other sources in a potential CET.

A clearly irritated Mr Joyce said "Mr Abbott is entitled to his opinion".

According to several MPs in the room, at least 21 backbench MPs raised concerns about the CET, while five spoke in favour of it and five were said to be non-committal.

Greens senator Nick McKim said while he was all for focusing on lower emissions as an end goal, clean coal and renewable energy were still mutually exclusive.

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