Power generation and supply
Our industries, businesses, schools, health system and households rely on a secure and uninterrupted power supply. We depend on low cost electricity to power refrigeration, lighting, technology, telecommunications, petrol pumps, manufacturing and essential services such as water supply.
The Nationals WA support the uptake of cost effective renewable energy options, especially for regional edge-of-grid communities. This involves using solar and wind powered micro grids with battery backup that minimise the distance energy needs to be transported. Many regional towns experience frequent power disruptions due to being a long distance from the power generation and damage to transmission lines.
The Nationals WA believe utilising technology advances to address these network issues is key to minimise disruptions, while at the same time reducing reliance on fossil fuels.
The Nationals WA want to improve domestic gas (DomGas) arrangements by strengthening the State’s reservation policy. Maximising the use of locally produced gas can generate cheap electricity for WA consumers, underpin future industry development and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. We want to give WA a competitive advantage when it comes to attracting investment, creating jobs and keeping gas prices affordable for households and businesses.
Our plan will introduce greater transparency for the sale and supply of DomGas, independent oversight to ensure obligations are met and placing greater emphasis on using our gas resource to drive development of our State, particularly the regions.
Uniform tariff policy
The Nationals support the Uniform Tariff Policy, meaning household customers of Synergy and Horizon are charged the same rate regardless of where they live. The extra cost of supplying electricity to remote areas is partially funded by the Tariff Equalisation Contribution through electricity network charges in the South West Interconnected System (SWIS).