The Essential Services Commission draft decision on power prices wants price cuts to electricity. Am I the only one who thinks this is a bad idea? Provide more concessions to those on low incomes, sure, but across the board price cuts? How is that meant to encourage people to use less power?
Remember, the bulk of our power if coming from the filthy Hazelwood brown coal power plant. Maybe the billion dollars the ESC wants to cut from the power stations’ infrastructure budget should be put towards cutting emissions by replacing or improving Hazelwood?
In 2003, Environment Victoria said a 5-year expansion of Hazelwood would create 85 million tonnes of greenhouse pollution, the equivalent of putting an extra twenty MILLION cars on the road. A more recent assessment makes this comparison: the annual greenhouse gas savings from more energy efficient houses statewide is cancelled out by Hazelwood from just one week of operations.