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Smart response to meter delays

The Marshall Government has welcomed the Australian Energy Market Commission’s (AEMC) adoption of strong new rules for electricity retailers regarding the installation of smart meters.

“I’m pleased AEMC has adopted strict timelines and will impose hefty financial penalties if electricity retailers fail to deliver within those timelines,” said Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan.

Glowing report on Marshall Government’s energy plan

The Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO) report into South Australia’s electricity system released today has strongly endorsed the Marshall Government’s plan to deliver more reliable and affordable energy to South Australia.

Today’s AEMO South Australian Electricity Report highlights the importance of the Marshall Government’s Home Battery Scheme, interconnection to New South Wales, and the Virtual Power Plant.

10 per cent electricity price cut long overdue

Minister for Energy Dan van Holst Pellekaan has welcomed announcements from Origin Energy, Red Energy and Lumo Energy that they will drop electricity prices for South Australians by 10 per cent from 1 January 2019.

Origin Energy will reduce electricity prices for concession customers on standing offers or non-discounted plans by 10 per cent, while Red Energy and Lumo Energy will automatically apply a 10 per cent discount to customers on its standing offer.

Virtual Power Plant rolls out to 1000 homes with new retailer

The Marshall Liberal Government in collaboration with Tesla is today launching the second phase of South Australia’s ‘Virtual Power Plant’ (VPP) after the success of the first phase of the trial.

Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan said 1,000 Housing SA properties will have home energy systems installed in the second phase of the project – including solar panels and Tesla Powerwall batteries.

Canadian battery developer switches on in Adelaide

Canadian energy storage firm Eguana Technologies is the latest global innovator to invest in South Australia’s booming battery sector under the Marshall Liberal Government’s Home Battery Scheme.

The $12 million investment will see the company, in partnership with its partner company LG, assemble and manufacture its cutting-edge Evolve home energy storage system here in Adelaide, creating up to 200 new jobs over the next three years.

Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce (AICC) Business Luncheon

The Premier addressed the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce on the government's strong reform agenda to create jobs, drive investment, grow exports and increase South Australia's population.

The Premier addressed the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce on the government's strong reform agenda to create jobs, drive investment, grow exports and increase South Australia's population.

Switch flicked on world leading Home Battery Scheme

Starting today, 40,000 South Australians can access grants of up to $6,000 from the Marshall Government to help pay for the installation of a home battery system.

The $100 million in State Government subsidies have been matched by $100 million in finance from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation which will provide low-interest loans for the balance of the battery and new solar if required.

Funding boost for employers of regional apprentices

Employers of regional apprentices and trainees will receive a funding boost through an increase in the travel and accommodation allowance, as part of the State Government’s Skilling South Australia initiative.

Minister for Industry and Skills David Pisoni said increasing the accommodation allowance by more than double reflects the State Government’s support for regional South Australians.

State Government rolls out support program to drought affected regions

South Australian farmers and their families impacted by the dry conditions will be provided assistance through the State Government’s appointment of up to eight Family and Business Support scouts.

The program will be modelled on the successful FaB Scout program deployed during the Millennium Drought in 2009/10.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said up to eight experienced mentors and business counsellors will be based in or near the most affected regions – the upper Eyre Peninsula, Murray-Mallee, upper North and the pastoral district.

Marshall Liberal Government delivers free volunteer screening checks for all South Australians

From November 1, volunteer screening fees will be free for all South Australians – a key election commitment promised and delivered by the Marshall Liberal Government.

Currently, South Australians are paying $59.40 for a volunteer screening check – the highest application fee in the nation.

Volunteer screening checks are compulsory for people who want to volunteer with people with a disability, and other organisations requiring screenings include sporting clubs and charities, as well as emergency services.