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Four years after South Australia’s disastrous state-wide blackout, which crippled businesses and revealed the vulnerabilities in the South Australian energy grid, the Marshall Liberal Government continues to take action to increase reliability and affordability of power for all South Australian households and businesses.

"The state-wide blackout cost the South Australian economy $367 million," said Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan.

"We are fixing the legacy of blackouts left by the old Labor Government.

"Events like this only further the case for the SA-NSW interconnector, which will lead to cleaner, more reliable and more affordable power.

"The interconnector will also unlock billions of dollars-worth of investment and hundreds of jobs in major renewables projects.

"It’s time for the South Australian Labor Party to stop opposing this critical piece of infrastructure.

"The Labor Party are as much a danger to the energy grid now as they were when they were in government by opposing these projects.

"ESCOSA has confirmed that the average electricity price offer has reduced by $158 to June this year, and even more retailers have offered price reductions since then.

"We’re providing subsidies for batteries and low interest loans for batteries and new solar installations, allowing households to take control of their energy use and drive down their power bills.

"The Home Battery Scheme has also paved the way for commercial providers to launch new Virtual Power Plants (VPPs) in South Australia, which operate batteries together like a power plant, providing even lower battery prices and bigger savings to households who join in.

"Alongside with State Government’s Virtual Power Plant and the free batteries for bushfire victims, this takes the total number of home batteries committed and installed in SA to over 20,000.

"We are fixing Labor’s mess, and providing cleaner, more reliable and more affordable power to the people of South Australia."

28 September 2020