Port Augusta Power Stations

Committee Details

House of Assembly Standing Orders
52nd Parliament 06/05/2010 - 15/02/2014
Reported on 17 December 2013

Committee Function

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.
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Acknowledgement of Country

The Parliament of South Australia acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional owners of this country throughout Australia, and their connection to land and community. We pay our respect to them and their cultures and to the Elders both past and present.