We have to cut back power use so that we're not funding the four days of the year that peak demand is reached all at once and this is why power is so expensive because of the provision of the infrastructure to support this peak.He clearly doesn't know anything about economies of scale. Nor of quarantining profit from power to cover future infrastructure costs.
We need to reward people who use less power and charge more to those who use more.
We need to change the way that we use electricity so that we use less and smooth out this peak during those four days per year.
I'm not sure I can put my finger on why, but when he speaks I get the impression that he's not got a clue what he's on about, but just repeating the spin mantra.
Okay, I think I've found some links to what spurred this interview...
THE State Government has been accused of using its power distribution companies, Energex and Ergon, to tax Queenslanders by stealth.Gee, what a surprise... read the rest here.
The Energy Users Association of Australia claims that massive spending on new network capacity is translating into huge returns for the Government.
It says in a submission to the Australian Energy Regulator that by 2015, the state's take from Energex could be 125 per cent higher, in inflation-adjusted terms, than it was in 2000. The return from Ergon could be 150 per cent higher.
"Customers will be paying at least $300 more every year in southeast Queensland and $700 or so more in the rest of Queensland than they were in 2000-01 as a contribution towards the dividends and corporate taxes flowing directly to the State Treasury from its two distribution businesses," the EUAA says.
"Electricity users in Queensland are being taxed via their electricity distribution charges."
I expect Fraser to dribble a reply/retort tomorrow sometime, standby.
Further to the above is this interesting article I discovered by chance....
A short time ago I sat in on a presentation regarding the merging of tertiary institutions and government funded research bodies (think CSIRO) into research units, or CRCs (Cooperative Research Centres) which will run within the university system, having staff from both bodies. The talk is that by 2017 there will be no research funding for the government bodies and they will have to hang on the coattails of what the tertiary institutions can hoover up in grants and other research funding.
I wonder if we'll be over the AGW bullshit by then?