Snowy 2.0 doesn’t stack up

Gary Dunnett, Executive Officer, National Parks Association of NSW

In Australia the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme stands head and shoulders above every other nation building project, with the possible exceptions of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. It shouldn’t be any surprise that, back in 2017, Prime Minister Turnbull responded to Snowy Hydro’s pitch by proudly announcing the ‘electricity game-changer’ Snowy 2.0 project. Virtually no environmental impact, just dig a tunnel and build an underground power station and what you get is massive storage to counteract the Achilles heel of renewable generators, intermittency. A wonderful new chapter in the nation building saga of the Snowies.

NPA supports Pumped-Storage Hydro, but not Snowy 2.0

Ted Woodley, Hon Treasurer, National Parks Association of NSW

On 15 March 2017, then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that his government “will start work on an electricity game-changer … Snowy Mountains Scheme 2.0 … adding 2,000 MW of renewable energy to the National Electricity Market …making renewables reliable, filling in holes caused by intermittent supply and generator outages … enabling greater energy efficiency and … ultimately mean cheaper power prices.”