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Visit to world's largest lithium-ion battery in San Diego

Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young has called on Malcolm Turnbull to intervene to end the delay in fixing energy market rules, including the 5-minute rule, to allow battery storage to compete fairly.

Senator Hanson-Young made the call while visiting the world’s largest battery storage facility in Southern California today.

"The Prime Minister should use his authority to fix the energy market rules before next summer to ensure stability and fairness which would also push electricity priced down," Senator Hanson-Young said.

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RENEWABLES WON’T KILL PEOPLE, BUT COAL WILL: BANDT

Renewables won’t kill people, but coal will: Bandt

Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today responded to claims by the Liberals’ new chief propaganda peddler Craig Kelly that people will die because of renewables.

“No they won’t,” said Mr Bandt.

“Coal kills people. Renewables save lives.

“Craig Kelly is just another ideologue, hell bent on hastening dangerous global warming. This latest foray isn’t unexpected, but it is certainly unfounded.

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SA hits the jackpot on Tesla deal, time for Turnbull to show his hand

The Australian Greens have welcomed the State Government and Elon Musk’s announcement that a deal to build the world’s largest battery in South Australia will go ahead.

“When Elon Musk laid down the gauntlet to install battery storage in South Australia in 100 days, or it was free, the Greens urged the State Government to double down on this exciting wager,” Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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NATURAL GAS BLOWING OUR CARBON BUDGET: BANDT

Natural gas blowing our carbon budget: Bandt

Responding to today’s release of greenhouse pollution data that the government had tried to keep secret, Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said that LNG production and coal seam gas were blowing the country’s carbon budget and taking us off-track to even meeting the Liberals’ paltry emissions targets.

“After being caught out trying to keep pollution data secret, the government has released the figures and they paint a grim picture,” said Mr Bandt.

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GREENS WILL MOVE FOR RELEASE OF SECRET POLLUTION DATA

Greens will move for release of secret pollution data

In response to reports today that the Federal government is concealing pollution data, Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said that the Greens will move in the Senate for a release of these documents when Parliament returns.

“Pollution is rising under this government and it is probably even worse than we thought,” said Mr Bandt.

“Hiding the data about pollution won’t reduce pollution. Pretending pollution isn’t rising won’t make it so.

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GREENS READY TO BACK GOVERNMENT REINING IN ELECTRICITY NETWORKS

Greens ready to back government reining in electricity networks

The Australian Greens have said they are ready to back moves to start reining in spending by power network companies, as announced by the Turnbull government today. However, the Greens are more cautious about the push to require AEMO to look at dispatchable generation, as it seems predicated on coal-fired generation remaining in the system for an unreasonably long time.

Quotes attributable to Senator Larissa Waters, Greens Deputy Leader and mining and resources spokesperson: 

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Finkel report a political fix

The review of Australia's energy markets handed down today by Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel is more interested in fixing a political problem for Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten than in addressing the great issue of our times, dangerous global warming, said leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale and Greens Climate Change Spokesperson Adam Bandt MP.

"The goal should be to stop dangerous climate change, not find a political fix that won’t keep the climate safe or save the reef," Dr Di Natale said.

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SHORTEN’S OLIVE BRANCH ON FINKEL LOOKS MORE LIKE A WHITE FLAG: BANDT

Shorten’s olive branch on Finkel looks more like a white flag: Bandt

Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt has warned Bill Shorten about signing up to a Low Emissions Target (LET) that’s even weaker than what John Howard proposed in 2007. Bill Shorten’s letter to the Prime Minister today suggests Labor’s ‘olive branch’ is more a white flag of surrender in the ‘climate wars’.

“Labor should not end the ‘climate wars’ by surrendering and waving the white flag,” said Mr Bandt.

“Labor’s ‘olive branch’ looks more like a white flag.

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FINKEL "COAL SUPPORT" AND "STORAGE PLAN" MAY RISK TRANSITION: BANDT

Finkel "coal support" and "storage plan" may risk transition: Bandt

Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP says reports that the Finkel review may allow coal-fired power stations to operate for decades and may seek to place storage requirements on new renewable energy generators could put the energy transition at risk.

Reports today that existing coal generators will be allowed to run for decades until the end of their existing 'technical life' are also deeply troubling, said Mr Bandt.

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Collie families miss out on Federal cash

Scott Ludlam 10 May 2017

The Liberals have screwed over the next generation of Collie by leaving out any funding for a transition plan towards clean energy in last night’s Federal budget.

Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said instead of drawing down fuel subsidies to help coal towns like Collie face their new future of renewable energy, they increased payments to butter up fossil fuel based companies by 20 per cent.

“They’re boosting fossil fuel subsidies by 1.2 billion over four years, to $7.3 billion per year in 2021,” he said.

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