Energy supply at “crisis point”: Tomago Chief

June 14, 2018

Tomago Aluminium boss Mark Howell has blamed renewables as well as problems with coal fired generators for having to shut down potlines at its New South Wales smelter this week.

Conservatives’ leader Cory Bernardi has been calling out problems with our electricity system for years saying we need reliable base-load power in whatever way it can be most efficiently generated.

The Newcastle Herald reports, AGL explained that the power shortage was caused by a loss of units at its Bayswater and Liddell power stations as well as a shutdown at Vales Point – owned by another company – and difficulties obtaining extra power from Victoria.

But in a written statement, Tomago chief executive Mark Howell put his concerns on the record, saying the grid was “at a crisis point”, saying a “once affordable and reliable energy system had been degraded”.

Mr Howell said problems at Liddell, Bayswater and Vales left the power supply at the mercy of the weather.

“When the sun is shining in the middle of the day and the wind is blowing there is generally sufficient capacity,” Mr Howell said.

When we need it the most – early mornings and evenings in summer and winter, our solar resources are useless and the nature of wind resources frequently means that many wind assets are idle.”

Senator Bernardi has told Peta Credlin on Sky News the Coalition government’s National Energy Guarantee and associated renewable energy policies in his home state of South Australia are crazy - but he has a simple solution the government can implement, to make a real difference:

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