14/08/2020 | Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP | Better Services | Lower Costs

The State Government has welcomed AGL’s announcement that it is planning to build a big battery at Torrens Island.

"AGL’s announcement is a vote of confidence in the ongoing transformation of South Australia’s energy system to one of lower-cost, lower-emission electricity,” said Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan.

“Power generation at Torrens Island, including AGL’s brand new fast start generator, plays a significant role in South Australia and this announcement by AGL is a welcome show of confidence in the State Government’s energy solution.

“As Torrens Island’s older generators retire over coming years, this battery would help meet peak demand and help fill in the gaps between wind and solar generation.

“Due to Torrens Island’s location the battery storage will help ensure the ongoing stability of South Australia’s power system.

“This would make use of the significant infrastructure at Torrens Island and utilise it for battery storage.

“This investment would be the first big battery in the Adelaide region and take South Australia to five big batteries and will help achieve our goal of net-100% renewable energy.

“Another big battery will help address the legacy of power security issues that we inherited from Labor. We welcome AGL’s vote of confidence in South Australia.”