Retrace our steps to regain control over the electricity industry

The Snowy River hydro power scheme gave the country cheap, clean power. If we retrace the mistakes made in the electricity industry power costs should decrease

by Viv Forbes

Our grandfathers built a low-cost reliable decentralised electricity supply for all states of Australia based mainly on black and brown coal-fields – Blair Athol, Callide, Ipswich, Sydney/Newcastle, Yallourn, Leigh Creek and Collie.

Then our fathers built the mighty Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric scheme which provided water to irrigate the inland while generating electricity to help pay for it.

 

Then in the years up to 1980, huge new coal-fired power plants were constructed in each State. And we discovered oil and gas in Roma, Bass Strait, Barrow Island, Timor Sea, and in coal and shale in many places.

Coal and hydro gave Australia reliable low-cost electricity that was the envy of the world and supported primary, secondary and tertiary industries.We irrigated crops, electrified cities, powered railways and mines, refined metals and petroleum and processed milk, wool, cotton, grains, meat and fruit. Factories made Victa mowers, Southern Cross windmills and diesel engines.

Holden/Ford/Toyota and Mitsubishi all produced cars in Australia and we made 9 brands of tractors. The Ipswich railway workshops produced locomotives and rolling stock, and Lithgow produced fire arms. We canned Golden Circle pineapples, Ardmona stone fruits, Rosella jams and made Bully Beef, tomato sauce and Vegemite.

Australia once valued decentralisation and it served us well in electricity supply. Electricity generation and distribution was left in the hands of state-based engineers and entrepreneurs, and competitive state governments strove to ensure their states had the most reliable low-cost electricity.

In those days a state “Co-ordinator General” was charged with predicting demand for electricity and then ensuring that power stations were built in the right place at the right time. The distant Federal Government largely confined itself to defence, foreign affairs, immigration and quarantine (with increasing meddling into wage setting, welfare and devaluation of the currency).

All that changed with the UN-initiated climate war on coal and gas which drove a campaign of tax-delay-and-destroy hydro-carbon energy.

Canberra became the epi-centre of the zero-emissions religion, and energy management and policy became centralised. Green energy was mollycoddled with subsidies, mandates and propaganda, and electricity supply was polluted by a rash of intermittent wind and solar plants with no backups.

These caused such variability and unreliability in electricity supply that the successful state-based decentralised electricity networks were replaced by a costly interconnected Eastern States grid. Transmission costs rose sharply because of guaranteed returns on inflated capital for interstate, undersea and the scattered wind-solar connections. Electricity costs soared, reliability suffered and Australian industry closed or moved to Asia.

There is only one way out of this mess – we must retrace the way we got in.

Firstly, any operator wishing to connect to the grid must demonstrate its ability to supply 24/7 power with its own generators, batteries, standby generators or contractual arrangements. Businesses, towns and communities should be free to operate “off-grid” at their own cost and risk.

Secondly, Canberra must withdraw from electricity taxation, subsidies, regulation and control. This means no “Renewable” Energy Targets, no “Clean” Energy

Targets, no Paris Accord, no emissions targets, no carbon taxes, no subsidies or mandates for wind/solar energy or batteries and abolition of all federal prohibitions on nuclear power. States which shut or destroy their coal/gas generators must live with the consequences. The states must take back responsibility for all regulations imposed on electricity supply, with goals to maximise reliability and minimise costs.

They will see the results as residents and businesses migrate to states with low-cost reliable energy.

The interstate electricity grid is of value and should be retained but removed from federal management and control. Its inflated capital should be written down greatly and States and private operators should own and control it with a regulator setting maximum transmission charges. Europe copes with several countries buying and selling electricity across borders – surely Australian states can do the same? (The Australian interstate highway system is largely state-owned but copes with public roads, toll roads, urban roads, local roads and private roads of greatly varying quality and capacity.)

And, if Canberra truly believes the “Zero Emissions” mantra chanted by rowdy school kids let’s use ACT as a pilot plant and insist that all ACT homes and businesses live without subsidies from tax payers or consumers and without generating or importing any energy from coal, diesel, petrol or gas.

About Editor, cairnsnews

One of the few patriots left who understands the system and how it has been totally subverted under every citizen's nose. If we can help to turn it around we will, otherwise our children will have nothing. Our investigations show there is no 'government' of the people for the people of Australia. The removal of the Crown from Australian Parliaments, followed by the incorporation of Parliaments aided by the Australia Act 1987 has left us with corporate government with policies not laws, that apply only to members of political parties and the public service. There is no law, other than the Common Law. This fact will be borne out in the near future as numerous legal challenges in place now, come to a head soon.

Posted on October 13, 2019, in General, Greens, Paris accord and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. In short, get out of the UN and cut off all of it’s tentacles.

  2. 100% fact

  3. Take a look at the Queensland Government website in the Treasury as it refers to GOC’s and further how it relates to their responsibility to the ultimate owners the People of Queensland.

    https://s3.treasury.qld.gov.au/files/corporate-governance-guidelines.pdf

    So one has to ask the question as to why we have to pay for the use of our own assets if we are the ultimate owners?

    So the burning question has to be are you one of the ultimate owner the People of Queensland or a good Queensland citizen?

    There is a difference.

    And that is how they get away with it…

  4. michael kennedy

    all this done while our neighbours burned rainforests and we gave them billions in foreign aid and emergency funding as the despots got richer .

  5. Andrew Mackinnon

    Thanks a lot for this very well-written and informative piece about a subversive campaign to destroy the cost-effectiveness of our electricity grid, whose successful design and operation was quite obviously based on good, old, Australian common sense and intelligence. You have shone a spotlight on the enormous advantages that our grid of yesteryear afforded us as a nation. Perhaps it was the only thing that has made this fairly inhospitable country inhabitable.

  6. Ah, the good old days …
    When our telecommunications giant, Telecom, was the jewel in Australia’s crown.
    And consecutive governments stripped every cent in profit from Telecom, only leaving enough money for the very basic repairs & no upgrades of advancement of technology & growth..
    When we were charged extra to make a call interstate when in fact it really only cost the same as a local call.
    Where Australia could have been a global leader in the telecommunications industry but for the thieving scam that was the wholesome political arena.
    I do not hold with the global warming bullshit …
    But, you are absolutely correct, we can do much better ^ even better than the good old days that you speak of.
    There is nothing wrong with advancing technology, cleaning up our act.
    We do not have to go back to medieval times to improve our systems of delivery to our beloved nation.
    All we need to do is remove the criminal element that feeds off greed.

  7. The so-called smart meters were forced on us too.
    Not only are these a health hazard, they also increase the fire risk.

    No doubt planned by design & intentionally.

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