To investigate into and report upon the effects of the proposal by national group ‘Beyond Zero Emissions’ and local group ‘Repowering Port Augusta’, that the Northern and the Playford coal-fired power stations at Port Augusta (which are owned and operated by Alinta Energy) be replaced by a concentrated solar thermal power station when the coal supply from the Leigh Creek mine is no longer viable and in particular, consider –
(a) the full cost of implementation of this proposal and how it may be met;
(b) the impact on household and business electricity prices;
(c) the impact on employment in the region;
(d) the ability of solar thermal technology to provide a reliable power supply comparable to other mainstream technologies; and
(e) any other relevant matters.