Senate debates

Monday, 13 February 2017

Motions

Electricity Infrastructure

4:17 pm

Photo of James McGrathJames McGrath (Queensland, Liberal National Party, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister) Share this | Hansard source

With respect to networks, the Australian Energy Regulator, in their benchmarking studies, have consistently found that privately owned networks are more efficient and productive than government owned ones. Regarding generation, at the time of the blackout wind was supplying around 2.5 per cent of demand. Had wind been producing at its capacity, it would have supplied over half of South Australia's electricity needs and there would have been around 1,400 megawatts of spare capacity. The other 97.5 per cent was being met by gas fired generation and brown coal from Victoria.

Question agreed to.

Comments

Tibor Majlath
Posted on 14 Feb 2017 2:53 pm (Report this comment)

The senator says "With respect to networks, the Australian Energy Regulator, in their benchmarking studies, have consistently found that privately owned networks are more efficient and productive than government owned ones.".

Hardly, the SEC in Victoria even trained the next generation of tradies! Can the senator state categorically that privatization in Victoria and SA gave customers cheaper electricity than in government hands.

NO? What a surprise.

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