Renewable energy drives up desal cost

March 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Updated

March 29, 2013 09:35:38


Desal plant under the pump
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Port Stanvac desalination plant

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The use of renewable energy for the desalination plant will cost an extra $43 million in the next three years, an inquiry has heard. (ABC News)

A parliamentary committee has heard it will cost about $15 million more each year to power Adelaide’s desalination plant with renewable energy than it would with fossil fuel.

SA Water has confirmed the use of green energy to power the plant will cost $43.7 more over the next three years.

Under the plant’s operating arrangements, some of its carbon footprint is offset by the purchase of renewable energy certificates.

SA Water admitted in October the plant will be switched-off at the beginning of 2015 as soon as its warranty period expires.

A water price rise of 25 per cent was introduced by the Government in July to cover the operating costs of the $1.8 billion plant.

Opposition frontbencher Rob Lucas says alternative energy arrangements should have been considered.

“Most of the insiders within SA Water say a combination of green energy and traditional forms of energy would have meant a more cost effective price contract and therefore lower prices for water consumers,” he said.

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March 28, 2013 15:14:41



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