a turnbull twist in energy supply... now using clean water instead...
Senate crossbenchers are questioning whether the Government's plan to expand the Snowy Hydro scheme is feasible and a good use of taxpayers' money.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced he was prepared to invest $2 billion to expand the capacity of the Snowy scheme to increase electricity production by 50 per cent.
Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg also indicated he may be prepared to chip in even more if the New South Wales and Victorian governments did not contribute.
Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonjhelm was not impressed by the Government's plan.
"I think it's being rash. I think it's policy on the run," he told AM.
Senator Leyonhjelm said while the plan might work from a technical perspective, he did not think it was a good use of taxpayers' money.
"Technically there's nothing wrong with the idea," he said.
"I think there is an issue over whether it will keep the lights on over the next four summers at least before it's introduced, but there's nothing fundamentally wrong with the idea. It's an issue over who pays really."
It's okay David... Everyone pays and a few people profit... The Snowy Scheme used to provide about 5 per cent of the total electricity usage in Australia. Increasing its output by 50 per cent is going to increase the supply by 2.5 per cent. Can wind turbines and solar panels do better? Can we find pumps that can push water back uphill a few hundred metres? In term of logistics, can the electricity provided by WATER POWERED turbines be enough to pump THE SAME WATER BACK UP? Does this look like a perpetual motion system? How many do we need? Should we concentrate on "decentralising" the electricity production? What about making ALL NEW BUILDINGS energy neutral? What about using battery storage for excess electricity supply during down time in consumption?
With the decision in leadership made before engineers can iron out the problems, we're in Lalaland, considering that five minutes ago, the leadership was about clean coal which was another Lalaland...