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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

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Media: December 17 to January 11

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  1. Shaun

    December 30, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    #8 Power from Basslink is (or was) costing about 3.2 cents / kWh.

    Hydro is currently offering forward contract pricing (flat load) in the range of 4.965 to 5.915 cents over the next two years.

    As for small business and irrigators, what they’re paying is roughly 80% comprised of transmission, distribution, retail and GST costs with Hydro only getting the other 20% or so (based on 28 cents / kWh).

    Electricity per se is cheap, very cheap, to everyone. It’s the delivery and taxes that make up most of the bill.

    Same with just about everything. If you want a fairly extreme example then take wine. There’s a pretty huge gap between the value of grapes versus the far higher price at the bottle shop. Relating that to electricity, Hydro is only selling bulk grapes, not wine.

  2. mike seabrook

    December 23, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    #7 robert

    where is the profit in paying 6c per kw for surplus small solar power and “gifting” the power to the zinc works and the aluminium smelter for est 2c per kw plus transmission costs and electricity transmission losses(10%?) + overhead and administration costs.

    is it any wonder the battling tasmanians and small businesses and irrigators etc. are paying up to 28c.

    get real

    the pollies and the hydro directors are real maths geniuses.

  3. Robert LePage, Cygnet

    December 23, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    The chickens are coming home to roost. Our brilliant political leaders are moving towards making it uneconomical to install solar panels on roofs to feed into the grid.
    As you look around Tasmania it is obvious that may hundreds if not thousands have disregarded the lack of incentive and gone ahead with installing them anyway.
    Now we are between a rock and a hard place with the dams getting perilously low, the Bass link on the blink and the Bell Bay Power station about to be sold off.
    Now would be a good time to be glad of all those panels pumping power into the grid during the day when demand is at it’s greatest and encouraging even more to be installed.
    There is nothing wrong with the initial agreement of a one for one tariff and being paid the same amount for exported power as it costs to buy it back later.
    The problem for the pollies is of course that privately owned houses with solar do not give political donations to the parties.
    Maybe it is about time that this donation/bribe system was abolished.

    Robert LePage Cygnet

  4. Andrew Ricketts

    December 23, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Text From FSC Australia:

    FSC Newsroom 17 December 2015

    Pesticide Derogations: Second round of consultation
    FSC International has delayed the requirement for Forest Managers to obtain derogations for any chemicals added to its Highly Hazardous Pesticide list in February 2015. Derogations will only be sought on sodium fluroacetate (1080), Alpha-Cypermethrin, Fipronyl and Amitrole. A second round of stakeholder feedback will open on Thursday 24 December for a further 4 weeks until 24 January 2016

    Key points
    · FSC International has delayed the requirement for Forest Managers to obtain derogations for any chemicals added to its Highly Hazardous Pesticide list in February 2015.
    · FSC will not review the need for new derogations until after a review of its chemical policy in late 2016.
    · Australian Forest Managers will suspend the application process for 5 of the original 9 pesticides.
    · Derogations will only be sought on sodium fluroacetate (1080), Alpha-Cypermethrin, Fipronyl and Amitrole
    · A second round of stakeholder feedback will open on Thursday 24 December for a further 4 weeks until 24 January 2016
    Australian applications for pesticide derogations: Derogations not required for 5 chemicals

    A group of 10 Australian forest companies, either FSC Certified or seeking certification, have been developing derogation applications to enable the continued use of pesticides listed as FSC Highly Hazardous.

    The Forest Managers originally provided details through FSC Australia’s website for nine pesticide derogations – five for new chemicals recently added to FSC’s highly hazardous list, and four for existing derogations that seek to be extended. The first round of consultation relating to these nine pesticides ran from 25 September to 16 November 2015 and attracted over 75 public submissions.

    Following FSC Internationals November Board decision, Forest Managers are no longer required to submit applications for five of the nine chemicals. They are: Pindone, Copper Sulphate, Cuprous Oxide, Picloram and Glufosinate Ammonium. Their use can continue in accordance with local laws and regulations and subject to the strict requirements of FSC’s Forest Management Standard. Chemical use will continue to be reviewed at every FSC surveillance audit.

    2nd Round of public consultation process – Australian applications for pesticide derogations

    Forest Managers are seeking to renew derogations for four chemicals whose derogations that expire in February 2016. The restricted chemicals are sodium fluroacetate (1080) , Alpha-Cypermethrin, Fipronyl and Amitrole.

    In response to stakeholder feedback a second round of consultation will open on Thursday 24 December for a further 4 weeks until 24 January 2016.
    Following the first round of feedback these derogation applications have been updated. Copies of the updated derogation applications and a summary of the stakeholder feedback from the first round of consultation are attached (available from 24 December 2015).

    The independent Pesticide Derogation Advisory Group at a meeting on Friday January 29th 2016 will consider stakeholder feedback on the completed derogation applications.

    Recommendations for the final completion of the derogation applications will be made based on all stakeholder feedback received. The advisory group will also make recommendations to the FSC International Pesticides Committee who will make the final decision on the pesticide derogation applications.

    How can I get involved?

    Forest Managers are requesting feedback on the four updated derogation applications.

    Applications will be available from Thursday 24 December. Feedback on applications is welcomed to 24th January 2016.

    During this feedback period you are invited to:
    · Contact your local forest company representative (see table on FSC’s website), or
    · Contact the National Coordinator Kevin o’Grady on 03 9439 2314 or at kopinnacle@gmail.com, or
    · Submit public comment using the Stakeholder Feedback Template and emailing it to their preferred company representative or to the National Coordinator Kevin O’Grady at kopinnacle@gmail.com.
    · Alternatively comment can be posted directly to Kevin O’Grady at PO Box 41 Eltham VIC 3095.
    Attachments

    Six attachments will be uploaded on Thursday 24 December 2015.

    Updated Derogation Applications:
    (1) 1080: 2015 FSC-PRO-30-001 V1-0 EN Pesticide Derogation 1080.doc
    (2) Alpha-Cypermethrin: 2015 FSC-PRO-30-001 V1-0 EN Pesticide Derogation Alphacypermethrin.doc
    (3) Fipronyl: 2015 FSC-PRO-30-001 V1-0 EN Pesticide Derogation Fipronil.doc
    (4) Amitrole: 2015 FSC-PRO-30-001 V1-0 EN Pesticide Derogation Amitrole.doc

    Stakeholder engagement report: Summary of stakeholder feedback from round 1
    (5) Stakeholder Engagement Report, December 2015

    Stakeholder Feedback Template
    (6) Stakeholder feedback spread sheet

    End of FSC News
    Comment:

    Anything that is circulated on the 24-12-2015 is designed to be overlooked.

  5. mike seabrook

    December 23, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    chuck the aluminium smelter and the zinc works out of tas – they will never pay victorian brown coal cost electricity plus the bass strait cable costs – cut out the cross subsidies

    recommence construction of the gordon-below-franklin hydro scheme

    then tassie can move forward

    lot of mathematicly illiterate people out there want to rip off tassie (battlers) electricity consumers and have them pay massive subsidies for wind and solar power. – this renewable energy “tax” is very business and job unfriendly

    look at the spanish disaster in renewable electricity costs

  6. Colin Gumley

    December 23, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Can someone tell me seeing that the Bass Link is out of action, do we still pay the lease for the “down time “, ( sincerely hope not) , if that is the case, shouldn’t Tasmania receive compensation and how much would be fair seeing that approximately 90 million annually to lease it. How much profit has it made in the 10 or so years that the state has been burdened with it???

  7. Frank Strie: wake-up call on still unloved Biomass

    December 22, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    RE: Rosalie Woodruff: Basslink Wake-up Call on 23/12/15 –
    … Hydro storage is down to only 25%, but we’re going to be draining that battery even more while this fault gets fixed. –

    Yes this trading gamble with our clean water energy in exchange for dirty brown coal energy is such a hypocrisy. Pretending being environmentally, socially and commercially responsible and instead riding the poker game on the global climate.

    Then again, every year Tasmanians pay to wastefully burn many millions of tonnes of unloved biomass by drip-torch, and heli-torch, by risking wildfire and by allowing gorse to grow on tens of thousands of hectares.
    The decentralised bioenergy option called CHAB = Combined Heat And Biochar, or potentially even CHABAP = Combined Heat And Biochar And Power is still missing in the above media release.
    2016 should be the year of responsible changes, post Paris climate action talks, the wanton wasted opportunities by ignoring responsible biomass, bioenergy and biochar based on old ideologies and fear needs to end.
    Time will be judge.

  8. Rosalie Woodruff: Basslink Wake-up Call

    December 22, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Basslink Wake-up Call
    Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson
    Wednesday, 23 December 2015

    The Basslink fault is a wake-up call for the government. It shows just how reliant we’ve become on importing coal-fired power from Victoria, and how vulnerable we are because of it.

    As much as 40% of our electricity has come via Basslink in recent months, and there’s clearly no plan in place for a secure, clean energy capacity.

    Minister Groom has tried to duck and say these circumstances are highly unusual, but all predictions for the future are that summers like these will be increasingly common. We’re now in a post-Paris world, and Tasmanians expect the Minister to announce his plans for our clean energy future.

    We need to diversify our renewable power mix and secure a dependable electricity supply. We’re perfectly positioned for wind, wave and solar power. These are the industries we want to actively encourage to Tasmania, rather than continuing to rely on the dirty and very expensive Tamar Valley power station as a safety net.

    Hydro storage is down to only 25%, but we’re going to be draining that battery even more while this fault gets fixed. Where will that leave us if we have a dry autumn?

  9. paula

    December 19, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Author Lian Tanner will be at the Hobart Bookshop (in Salamanca Square) on Sunday January 10th, from 2.00 – 4.00 PM.

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