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.

NSW Government must save Kosciuszko National Park

Approval of Snowy 2.0 EIS would set appalling precedents, and all for an inferior project
 
“Despite the rapidly growing realisation that the massive Snowy 2.0 development is a deeply flawed, environmental disaster that will drive a species into extinction and offer woefully inefficient and costly energy storage, the NSW Government has signalled that it is determined to ram the project through under their short-cut approvals program to create temporary construction jobs” stated Mr Gary Dunnett, Executive Officer of the National Parks Association of NSW.
 

Approving the Snowy 2.0 EIS would have unprecedented environmental ramifications

26 Environment Organisations and Eminent Experts Urge Refusal

26 environment organisations and environmental experts have called on the NSW Minister for Planning, Hon Rob Stokes, and Minister for Energy and Environment, Hon Matt Kean, to reject the Environmental Impact Statement for the Main Works of the Snowy 2.0 pumped storage project, located in Kosciuszko National Park.

Expensive, damaging and unnecessary

Snowy 2.0 must be publicly reviewed before proceeding

30 eminent Australian energy, engineering, economic and environmental experts have called on the Prime Minister and NSW Premier to delay final approval of the Snowy 2.0 pumped storage project until there has been a comprehensive independent review. 

Snowy 2.0 is not part of the climate solution – in fact it will add to the problem

Ted Woodley, Hon Treasurer of the NSW National Parks Association. Former Chief Executive in the energy industry including PowerNet, GasNet, EnergyAustralia and CLP Power Systems (Hong Kong). 

After the recent bushfire apocalypse, the stark realisation that our planet is suffering and our climate is changing more rapidly than anyone had envisaged has spurred numerous knee-jerk ‘solutions’ to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  One such ‘solution’ being touted is the Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro project.