South Australia

Leaders go bananas over big battery spat

Jarrod Sierocki

Premier Jay Weatherill speaks to reporters about yesterday’s announcement that tech billionaire Elon Musk’s company Tesla will partner with a French energy company to build the world’s biggest lithium ion wind power storage battery in South Australia. Video: Miles Kemp

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill with Tesla chief Elon Musk in Adelaide. Picture: Facebook

SOUTH Australia’s “big battery” and the Snowy 2.0 hydro-electricity scheme could become white elephants and trigger power price hikes, the Productivity Commission has warned.

The commission — which provides economic advice to the Federal Government — has raised concerns over a variety of taxpayer-funded projects which are designed to secure Australia’s electricity network.

Jarrod Sierocki

Federal Treasurer Scott MorrisonSource:Supplied

The commission’s criticism comes after Premier Jay Weatherill reacted angrily to Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison comparing the battery to tourist icon the Big Banana.

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