Wind and so­lar are no an­swer to power costs

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS | OPINION -

WE READ and hear that those in favour of get­ting our elec­tric­ity via wind and so­lar power are claim­ing that this would not, in any man­ner what­so­ever, in­crease the cost of elec­tric­ity.

How­ever, ev­ery check pub­lished re­gard­ing a pos­si­ble cost dif­fer­ence makes it crys­tal clear that wind/so­lar-power elec­tric­ity is not only more ex­pen­sive than elec­tric­ity pro­duced by coal/gas-fired gen­er­a­tion, but even nu­clear power gen­er­a­tion.

One pub­lished com­par­i­son notes that wind/so­lar power could be as much as 10 times the cost of coal/ gas/nu­clear gen­er­ated elec­tric­ity and cer­tainly more than five times the cur­rent cost to the vast ma­jor­ity of us.

We are al­ready hav­ing to put up with an in­creased elec­tric­ity cost and ev­ery­thing we read/hear from those who gov­ern us makes it clear that this cost will cer­tainly in­crease fur­ther.

When will we be able to guar­an­tee that Aus­tralians, es­pe­cially pen­sion­ers and those liv­ing on char­i­ties, that we will be able to turn on a fan in our homes this sum­mer, use elec­tric­ity to cook our food and the many other things we need elec­tric­ity for, and ac­tu­ally be able to af­ford it?

— GE­OFF CASS Te­wantin

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