En­ergy woes mas­sive drain on econ­omy

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TIM NI­CHOLLS LS Queens­land Op­po­si­tion Leader


NORTH Queens­land is miss­ing out on af­ford­able and re­li­able elec­tric­ity and the jobs, in­dus­try and op­por­tu­nity that comes with hav­ing se­cure base- load power.

This is sim­ply not good enough.

It cur­rently costs more than twice as much to de­liver elec­tric­ity to Townsville com­pared with Glad­stone – and North Queens­lan­ders are pay­ing the price.

North Queens­land res­i­dents, busi­nesses and in­dus­tries shouldn’t miss out on af­ford­able and re­li­able elec­tric­ity be­cause La­bor is try­ing to win in­ner- city Green pref­er­ences.

La­bor aren’t in­ter­ested in low­er­ing elec­tric­ity prices for North Queens­lan­ders – if they had their way, elec­tric­ity would be a lux­ury af­forded to only a se­lect few.

In fact, An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk and her En­ergy Min­is­ter Mark Bailey – who ap­pears to moonlight as a Greens ac­tivist – have pub­licly ruled out sup­port­ing a coal- fired power sta­tion for North Queens­land.

The ques­tion all North Queens­lan­ders must ask them­selves is … can you af­ford an­other three years of La­bor?

A ma­jor study by Townsville En­ter­prise de­ter­mined a coal- fired power sta­tion in North Queens­land would put strong down­ward pres­sure on elec­tric­ity prices for house­holds, busi­nesses and in­dus­try.

Over the past month, Aus­tralia’s Chief Sci­en­tist Dr Alan Finkel and the Min­er­als Coun­cil of Aus­tralia have re­leased re­ports that show elec­tric­ity from coal- fired power sta­tions is cheaper than re­new­ables.

The cost to build an ul­tra­su­per­crit­i­cal coal- fired power sta­tion is $ 2.2 bil­lion.

The power sta­tion would have a life­span of seven decades. Com­pare that price to the $ 3 bil­lion Aus­tralians are pay­ing each year in sub­si­dies for re­new­able en­ergy.

Un­like La­bor, coal is not a dirty word with the Lib­eral Na­tional Party.

That is why the LNP, if suc­cess­ful at the up­com­ing state elec­tion, would de­clare a North Queens­land ul­tra- su­per­crit­i­cal coal- fired power sta­tion as a pri­or­ity project – no ifs, no buts and no maybes.

An ul­tra- su­per­crit­i­cal coal­fired power sta­tion pro­duces up to 40 per cent less emis­sions than cur­rent power sta­tions.

These state- of- the- art power sta­tions op­er­ate through­out the world, in­clud­ing in Germany, Italy, In­dia, South Korea, Ja­pan, Poland, In­done­sia, the Czech Repub­lic, the Nether­lands, Slove­nia, the United States, South Africa and China.

The pur­pose of declar­ing a pri­or­ity project is to over­come any un­rea­son­able de­lays in ob­tain­ing nec­es­sary ap­provals.

The LNP will al­ways base its en­ergy poli­cies on af­ford­abil­ity and se­cu­rity, not ide­ol­ogy.

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