Feedback is open on the federal government’s proposed AU$ 610 million ($472.3 million) gas plant in the Australian state of New South Wales’s Upper Hunter area, which would employ 10 people once operating.
The public has until June to provide a submission on whether they support or oppose the gas-fired power station, which the government wants to build through its Snowy Hydro energy company using taxpayers’ funds.
An environmental impact statement has been released this week, revealing finer details of the proposal.
Gas expert from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis Bruce Robertson says there is no justification for public money to be used for the project.
“This is just gold plating of the energy system, which will lead to lower private sector investment in cheaper renewable energy and higher electricity bills for consumers,” he said.