Barnett's power price blackout

Western Australia's resources boom is pushing the state's energy capacity to its limits, but Colin Barnett's pivot to cheap politics is hindering any real fix to a poorly funded system.

Just how hard it is for politicians to deal with one of the most basic issues of electricity supply has been on display in Western Australia during the state election campaign.

If you want an efficient power system, then a core premise today is that consumers must pay what it costs to produce and deliver electricity.

How otherwise do you achieve the goals of energy efficiency and carbon emissions management?


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