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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Hydro hard times

The Hag

THE Hydro’s losing a heap of money because of Basslink, the power interconnector with an annual rent of $90 million. Remember – this was sold to the government as a way to plug Tassie into the country’s high-priced spot electricity market. Yeah, right. The drought means the dams are out of water – 17% capacity – so now we’re buying ten times more power than we export. Bad business model, I’d say.

Now, to my photo. The Hydro’s got a corporate carpark on a sliver of land over the road, where I spotted an executive spot for their spot trader. Guess what was parked in their Spot Trader’s space Friday? (Aren’t spot traders those screen jockeys who work hard, play hard, and burn out at 25?)

Yep, a scooter … These are straitened times, my little darling readers …

PS: And what’ll they call the Hydro when all the water’s gone?

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Shaun

    April 8, 2008 at 12:44 am

    “Well when the Great Lake drops to about the 13 metre mark…”

    Well it did that years ago and it’s current depth above NMOL (normal minimum operating level) is about 4.31m or 17.06m below full supply level.

    What’s with this 13m business?

    At least all this finally settles one argument though. Those who wrote about “power without purpose” and warned of the dams overflowing were outright wrong. Can’t really argue with that one and no, they didn’t have an * after the claim with fine print at the bottom to get them off the hook either.

    They were simply wrong as many pointed out at the time. It didn’t stop these claims being repated for over two decades however.

    They claimed a surplus when in reality the dams haven’t been full since the 1970’s and the system has been running over its firm capacity since late 1997 on an annualised basis. Meanwhile we continue to rely on oil, coal and natural gas for half the state’s total energy use (with normal rainfall – it’s even worse now).

    As for Basslink, well the notion of Tasmania being a net exporter never was taken seriously by anyone who had done the math. How anyone reached the conclusion that we’d be a net exporter is beyond me – unless they’re expecting a constant flood or are playing with numbers (eg import gas and export power generated by burning it).

  2. Valleywatcher

    April 6, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Perhaps they’ll call it the Drydro?

  3. Charles and Claire Gilmour

    April 6, 2008 at 11:40 am

    What’ll they call the waterless Hydro?

    Well when the Great Lake drops to about the 13 metre mark, Lennon, Llwellyn and Hydro heads will be able to do a Moses walk and amble across the lake to spin out their self praise for why electricity prices have skyrocketed, (a testament to what their commands have meant to the public).

    To alleviate waves of public apprehension, and with their own short sighted brainwaves, they are happy to declare that now with basslink who really needs water anyway.

    Having risen so far above to be completly out of touch with nature and humanity, the political will of the Tas Labor goverment will then be able to declare their waterless electric commission to hence forth be called – “Hy & Dry”!

  4. phill Parsons

    April 6, 2008 at 11:24 am

    The lack of an electric power source for the scooter bodes ill for hydro electric energy although with an increase in wind speed Tasmania may be able to pin its hopes on windmills and so chop up its birds along with its trees.

    On a more sombre note the projections for Tasmanian dam levels are down given recent rainfall totals, the paucity of snow for the melt recharge of the system and power consumption.

    Burning wood at a central location will be high cost along with the pulp mill if it remains dependent on fossil fuels to transport wood to it.

    IT MAY NOT BE THE 10 TIMES PREDICTED TODAY BUT SUPPLY AND DEMAND WILL PAY A ROLE IN INCREASING THE COST OF PETROLEUM AND FOOD UNLESS A CHEAP SOURCE OF PLENTIFUL TRANSPORT ENERGY IS FOUND.

    Its the sun that powers all.

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