Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor has aired concerns that New South Wales’ (NSW) $32 billion renewable energy roadmap is built on “unrealistic modelling” and has called for more details over the plan.
At the same time, NSW One Nation Member of Parliament Mark Latham has been trying to stonewall the passage of the roadmap by submitting 249 proposed amendments to the state legislature on Friday.
"I’m concerned about models and analysis, including unrealistic assumptions that don’t translate into the real world," he told the summit.
"The Commonwealth would like to see the modelling behind that policy. I’m confident that we can work through it, and NSW has indicated its strong intent to get to a sensible outcome.”
The Electricity Infrastructure Investment Bill 2020 was announced by NSW’s Energy Minister Matt Kean in early November.
Over 75 percent of NSW current power generation will disappear in the next 15 years with the closures of the Liddell plant in 2022-23, followed by the Vales Point B in 2029, Eraring in 2032, and Bayswater in 2035.
The new Roadmap estimates over 6,300 construction and 2,800 ongoing jobs will be created by 2030 in regional NSW.
Every household is also expected to save around $130 a year on their electricity bill, and small businesses can save $430 a year between 2023 and 2040.
However, the federal energy minister’s concerns stem from earlier experiences in Victoria, after it closed the Hazlewood coal-fired power station, which sent wholesale energy prices up by 30 percent on average.
One Nation’s Mark Latham has called the NSW government’s plan the “biggest economic reform” in half a century.
Latham said the plan essentially moves the state away from the traditional market-based model of energy provision, to one where the government plays a direct role.
“This would make Joe Stalin blush in terms of its economics,” he continued. “For a party that once believed in market economics, to adopt a Soviet-five 20 year plan model of energy provision in itself is a disgrace.”