Tuesday 25th of April 2017

a turnbull twist in energy supply... now using clean water instead...

clean water

Senate crossbenchers are questioning whether the Government's plan to expand the Snowy Hydro scheme is feasible and a good use of taxpayers' money.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced he was prepared to invest $2 billion to expand the capacity of the Snowy scheme to increase electricity production by 50 per cent.

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg also indicated he may be prepared to chip in even more if the New South Wales and Victorian governments did not contribute.


Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonjhelm was not impressed by the Government's plan.

"I think it's being rash. I think it's policy on the run," he told AM.

Senator Leyonhjelm said while the plan might work from a technical perspective, he did not think it was a good use of taxpayers' money.

"Technically there's nothing wrong with the idea," he said.

"I think there is an issue over whether it will keep the lights on over the next four summers at least before it's introduced, but there's nothing fundamentally wrong with the idea. It's an issue over who pays really."

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It's okay David... Everyone pays and a few people profit... The Snowy Scheme used to provide about 5 per cent of the total electricity usage in Australia. Increasing its output by 50 per cent is going to increase the supply by 2.5 per cent. Can wind turbines and solar panels do better? Can we find pumps that can push water back uphill a few hundred metres? In term of logistics, can the electricity provided by WATER POWERED turbines be enough to pump THE SAME WATER BACK UP? Does this look like a perpetual motion system? How many do we need? Should we concentrate on "decentralising" the electricity production? What about making ALL NEW BUILDINGS energy neutral? What about using battery storage for excess electricity supply during down time in consumption? 

With the decision in leadership made before engineers can iron out the problems, we're in Lalaland, considering that five minutes ago, the leadership was about clean coal which was another Lalaland... 



when the federal government is doing an awful job...

Is this a bit awkward?", Mr Frydenberg is asked. "It's about to be," Mr Weatherill whispers.

For months the SA Premier has borne the brunt of the nation's energy jokes.

While electricity and solutions have been in short supply, criticism from Canberra has been flowing unhindered.

So, two days after his $500 million commitment in new energy generation was lambasted by Canberra, on the morning the Commonwealth was unveiling its own $2 billion promise of new generation in another state, the Premier seized his moment.

As is his wont.

Mr Weatherill's unassuming and quiet demeanour belies a rare political canniness.

Love or hate the Labor veteran, he's at his best on the front foot. Defining the conversation. And defining the enemy.

Especially when it changes the conversation from his Government's own failings on energy policy.

The outburst shouldn't surprise the Federal Government.

They know all about the South Australian Premier.

Picking a fight with the feds gave Jay Weatherill a raison d'etre — on the River Murray, on the car industry, on Gonski, on submarines.

On each issue, he was brazen. And it worked. Ask Tony Abbott.

It also helped Jay Weatherill neutralise his opponents within South Australia. What sort of oxygen does a state Opposition Leader get when the main game is the fight between the Premier and the Prime Minister?

Since he released it on Tuesday, Jay Weatherill's been clutching his glossy-blue energy plan like a baby.

He appreciates the visual imagery of "having a plan".

He even tried to hand deliver a copy to Josh Frydenberg prior to their spat.

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The Snowy Scheme extension will take a few year years before it can become a full pie in the sky in regard to pumping water back uphill. The plan by the South Australia government can be implemented in six months tops. Frydenberg is disingenuous and a bum who never learnt the art of making things work, apart from inflating stuff ups with hot air... 

has the king died as he should?

Cassidy: Energy policy has become a battle royale, but where is 'king coal'?


Politicians at the state and federal level — seemingly from nowhere — came up with nation-building energy solutions this week as they sought to out-do each other, says Insiders host Barrie Cassidy.

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when the "free" market is designed to steal from the common good

For years, electricity and gas operated independently. But the two have become intertwined as the shift towards a cleaner environment and lower emissions has thrust gas firmly into the box seat as the transition fuel to generate electricity.

We've suddenly discovered, however, we don't have enough. It's no exaggeration to describe the power situation now facing eastern Australia on both fronts as a catastrophe. And here's why.

Within the next four years, Australia will overtake Qatar as the world's biggest supplier of gas. We are sitting on vast gas reserves. In fact, we're swimming in the stuff.

And yet, we face critical shortages at home which could starve manufacturers of fuel, see power outages across the eastern states and force energy prices through the roof while any profits that are made will be shipped offshore.

This is a public policy fail of epic proportions. 

And it's worth getting a handle on how it all came about and the shenanigans employed by the gas majors that have deliberately created this crisis and the supposed shortage which is a total con.

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