The BZE submission & campaign has had results.
The submission begins:
“Beyond Zero Emissions applauds the South Australian Parliament for investigating a solar thermal industry in Port Augusta by establishing the Select Committee on the Port Augusta Power Stations.
Please [consider] the Beyond Zero Emissions’ submission to this process, and attached supporting material including:
- Our Repowering Port Augusta report (2012),
- A report on the Port Augusta Community Vote,
- Modelling on the effect of renewable energy bringing down the wholesale price of electricity, and
- Documentation on policy options for the South Australian Parliament.
Replacing the coal fired power stations Playford B and Northern with solar thermal power is a once in a generation opportunity for the people of Port Augusta, the Upper Spencer Gulf region, and South Australia.
By taking advantage of this opportunity, Port Augusta would not only retain its important role in power generation for South Australia, but would become a hub for solar power generation and innovation of global significance.
With this comes a large employment opportunity, not just to guarantee current operational power sector jobs in Port Augusta for a generation, but to create a large pulse of construction jobs over the best part of a decade, as well as manufacturing jobs and professional services throughout the region and the state.
Port Augusta would go from being one of the last remnants of dirty brown coal combustion, to a centre of excellence in solar innovation, an industry undergoing an exponential global boom which is as certain to continue with the demise of brown coal-fired power generation. The project will create enormous business opportunities for the state and the downstream jobs that these create.
However the most important reasons for solar thermal power plants to replace the coal power plants are:
- to protect the health of the people of Port Augusta, and
- to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Submitted in 2013, to the South Australian Parliament “Select Committee on the Port Augusta Power Stations”
The Interim Report of the inquiry: December 2013
The Repower Port Augusta Alliance Submission