The Power in Power

Currently the State owned electricity utilities cost the WA taxpayer dearly, around $500 million a year or $400 per household.  This of course is on top of what we pay for our power at the meter.  This is an absurd situation brought on by the difference between the regulated fixed price and the cost of delivery of power to our homes.  The power utilities put their money on large-scale coal and gas generation, and did not factor in the support for renewable energy by the people of WA.  The recent attempt by the State to tear up contracts made with householders on feed-in tariffs shows just how badly they got it wrong.  Another example of the State’s misguided commitment to coal was the wasting of $280 million on the bungled Muja refurbishment project.
Meanwhile the Federal Government wants to water down, or let’s be frank, scrap the renewable energy targets (RET).  This will wreck renewable energy investment and any attempt we had to fulfil our national commitment to reducing global warming.  How can our political leaders be so at odds with the citizens on power generation?  Politically powerful fossil fuel generators around Australia are now complaining that the renewable power industry has undermined their business model that is based on selling dirty energy backed by government subsidies.
Back in WA mums and dads can feed renewable energy into the grid, but businesses and other organisations cannot.  Carnegie Wave Power had to find a dedicated buyer for their renewable energy that did not rely on grid connection.  The Fremantle Community Wind Farm are stopped by their inability to use the grid (even at a price) to distribute their energy to their customers.  In Fremantle, Council has aspirations to install a solar farm on the old South Fremantle Landfill Site, but again this can only be done if the power can be distributed to customers via the existing grid.
When voting tomorrow vote for the candidate or party that will work to remove the stranglehold dirty power generators have on our renewable future, vote for renewable power generators to compete on a level playing field.  My vote will be with Scott Ludlam.

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