Energy

Gas dilemma: why govt didn't set a phase-out deadline

Ian Llewellyn
Mon, 20 Jun 2022

Gas dilemma: why govt didn't set a phase-out deadline
Energy minister Megan Woods said getting rid of gas would be good for emissions, but warned the costs remain high. (Image: Getty)
Ian Llewellyn
Mon, 20 Jun 2022
The government baulked at setting a deadline for phasing out natural gas as it became clear it was essential for energy security and billions of dollars in costs would fall on households, businesses and the taxpayer, cabinet papers show.The Emissions Reductions Plan announced in May included a Gas Transition Plan. It stopped short of naming dates for the end of gas use in any form, unlike measures proposed for coal. The gas plan also did not take up a Climate Change Commission (CCC) suggestion to set a date to ban new connections to the ga...

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