Letters to the editor

PIC OF THE DAY: Glowing mushrooms at Booderee National Park by Dannie & Matt Connolly Photography. Send photos to john.hanscombe@fairfaxmedia.com.au
PIC OF THE DAY: Glowing mushrooms at Booderee National Park by Dannie & Matt Connolly Photography. Send photos to john.hanscombe@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Horse overloaded

Further to the one horse, two jockeys letter, we can be sure the horse is overloaded as neither past or present jockey has been able to guide the horse to any post marked conservation and this implies neither horse nor jockeys recognises that word.

They seem to be too busy cutting down trees in all places including the Bum tree and while venturing forth tears when watching others trees being felled, one of them is too busy writing a submission to remove orchids from the Commonwealth EPBC Act and at the same time allowing the clearing of more trees, including many habitat trees for birds and small animals. I think just the thought of all those trees must be blurring their eyesight.

A. Stephenson, Nowra

Golden opportunity

A new bridge over the Shoalhaven River. What a golden opportunity to make it rail bridge and connect Nowra to the rest of Australia. Nowra would come alive with a Rail station and reduce the traffic over the existing bridges.

A. James, Werri Beach

get into the sun

2020: the year by which California will require all new homes to be built with solar panels.

According to the California Energy Commission, the new “building energy efficiency standards” will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 700,000 metric tonnes over three years. It would be equivalent to taking 115,000 fossil fuel cars off the road.

In view of the government incentive, the state is hoping to cut energy use in new homes by more than 50 per cent.

If the NSW government adopted the same principle with an incentive for battery storage, there would be a dramatic drop in customer need for power company generated electricity, bringing down costs.

J. Macleod, Berry

Private power fails

The article in The Sydney Morning Herald (June 9-10) by Peter Hannam, ‘Energy crisis warning as the power supply falters’, shows what happens when private companies run our power stations.

The power shortage NSW is facing also occurred in the 1940s. At that time NSW power was supplied by four private companies until the Labor Premier of NSW, James McGirr, realised that for the state to prosper it must have a reliable power system.

So, the state government in 1950 took over the running of the four companies, forming the Electricity Commission of NSW, which took on the task of building new power stations and transmission lines. Under their stewardship the price of electricity, which was 25cent/kwh came down to 8cent/kwh, but more importantly reliability was increased. There were no blackouts. NSW had been switched back on.

But as we all now know after 1990, with state governments selling off power assets, the price of electricity has shot up from 8cents/kwh to 47.5cents /kwh.

Before the O’Farrell Government came into power in 2013 the previous government had given Macquarie Generation the go-head to install additional generators at Bayswater Power station. But again, the new owner of Liddell and Bayswater, AGL was more interested in its shareholders as shown when CEO Andy Vesey declared his company was expected to make a $1billion profit.

The worsening position in NSW is a direct consequence of the Berejiklian government’s biggest fire sale in Australia history when it sold off six NSW power stations for just over $1.56 billion, resulting in the closure of Wallerawang Power Station. 

Thanks to this on that sweltering day of February 10, 2017, the Tomago Aluminum smelter was forced to shut down to avoid an embarrassing blackout for the entire state, both for corporations and citizens alike.

If Wallerawang power station was still in service NSW would not have a power problem.

T. Morrissey, Chifley NSW