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Nation’s largest electricity user pushes back against Labor’s battery scheme

The nation’s largest electricity user is questioning how it’ll keep its Tomago aluminium smelter running under Labor’s 50 per cent renewables target.

A federal Labor government has declared it would spend $15 billion on “fixing” the national energy network and subsidise 100,000 household batteries.

But Tomago Aluminium CEO Matt Howell says “batteries are not a solution”.

“Eight minutes, that’s all it will power us for,” he tells Ray Hadley.

“It’ll be like trying to tow an oil tanker with a canoe.”

Mr Howell says Labor proposing the scheme is “quite frankly, a distraction”.

“If we had a secure and stable grid, you wouldn’t need them in the first place.”

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