The ACT Government wants to source 200 megawatts of energy from wind farms to add to its recently announced 50 megawatt solar farm.
Its stated intention is to have 90 per cent of ACT electricity generation from so-called ‘renewable’ sources by 2020, although the wind farms will be in NSW. Why shouldn’t the wind farms line Mugga Way?
I’ve argued before that Canberra can be used for natural experiments, although it must be isolated from subsidies to give full effect to its decisions. Tasmania is another good location for natural experiments. But as Peter Costello argued yesterday, Tasmania is insulated from its poor decisions by Commonwealth subsidies.
This is the same administration that wants to build a silly light rail along Northbourne Avenue. Let’s hope that the costs of this folly are imposed entirely on ACT ratepayers and do not spill over to the Commonwealth.
At this rate, Canberra will really be the land that time forgot. The Greens and ACT Labor are dinosaurs. The black outs seen in Darwin may well be a regular occurrence in the national capital. Perhaps the Federal Government should build a small nuclear reactor to power the Parliamentary triangle and have it installed near the ACT Legislative Assembly.