Home solar ‘driving up power cost’ - State-owned power co

QUEENSLAND'S state-owned power generator Stanwell is blaming schemes that benefit rooftop solar users for helping make Australia one of the world's most expensive countries for energy.

In a submission to the Federal Government's energy white paper, Stanwell said the national renewable energy target, carbon tax and "uncapped solar feed-in benefits" drove up prices.

The benefits cover payments made to households with rooftop solar when extra power is fed into the grid.

Stanwell chief Richard Van Breda (pictured) said yesterday these "ideological" policies had to go, because they distorted the real cost of electricity.

A day earlier Stanwell said it would mothball its Swanbank E gas power station in October because selling gas was more profitable than electricity from gas.

Stanwell said it would take falling gas prices and more demand for electricity for a rethink on Swanbank.



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