Climate deal may end power plan
STATE Greens MP John Kaye says TransGrid’s proposed Bonshaw to Lismore transmission line should not be built if a deal is struck at the Copenhagen Climate Summit.
The Greens’ energy spokesman travelled to Lismore from Sydney yesterday to hold a press conference about TransGrid’s $227 million plan.
He said the proposal would need to be abandoned if world leaders in Copenhagen were committed to tackling climate change.
“If we’re serious about Copenhagen commitments we won’t be able to go ahead with this transmission line,” he said.
“TransGrid plans to spend $227 million to make the Far North Coast more dependent on coal fired power, but Copenhagen is leading the way towards a future of renewable energy.
“Any deal coming out of Copenhagen will make TransGrid’s proposal redundant.”
Dr Kaye said the TransGrid line was one of a ‘long list’ of projects that would be affected by the Copenhagen summit.
He said another local example was the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line.
“The closing of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line makes no sense in the context of a global commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Dr Kaye said.
“Transport is the state’s second largest contributor to emissions.”
TransGrid network planning manager Garrie Chubb said the company remained committed to the Bonshaw to Lismore line.
“TransGrid needs to complete the project by 2012, given forecasts predict that electricity demand will outgrow the reliable capacity of existing infrastructure in the area by this time,” he said