Where the states stand on energy plan

Premier Daniel Andrews speaks during a media opportunity

Premier Daniel Andrews speaks during a media opportunity

"The National Energy Guarantee is a historic reform". However, their emissions will count toward Australia's overall total.

The aim is to ensure there is enough "dispatchable" energy, power that can back up intermittent wind and solar power, and cut carbon emissions from the sector by 26 percent from 2005 levels, in line with Australia's Paris Climate Accord target.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the policy will lower power prices and deliver a more reliable electricity system and has called on states to put the national interest ahead of their local political interests and approve the guarantee.

Guardian Australia understands the Labor states continued to express strong objections to the scheme on a number of fronts during Friday's talks, with Queensland also joining the concerns telegraphed publicly by Victorian and the Australian Capital Territory.

"It's not ideal. But what it does do is present Australia and investors with certainty.I sincerely hope that reason prevails on Friday and we get an agreement on the NEG", Nigel Garrard, managing director of packaging manufacturer Orora Ltd, told reporters on Thursday.

The framework was designed by independent experts on the Energy Security Board to be technology-neutral and not involve setting any price on carbon emissions, in order to secure support from the Coalition government's right wing.

The Labor state government has made it clear if the policy as it stands now doesn't have the support of the federal coalition party room, it won't get Labor's support. And under the proposed NEG, the target would be reviewed every five years and could even be lifted, if parliament agreed to do so.

Energy ministers agreed at a meeting in Sydney on Friday they would release draft legislation that would implement the Turnbull government's National Energy Guarantee if it makes it through a coalition partyroom meeting next Tuesday.

"The time has come to get on with it", he said.

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