"There was an unacceptably low level of preparedness by the Power and Water Corporation and Territory Generation" to the system-wide power outage in Alice Springs on October 13, says Dale Wakefield (pictured), Minister for Renewables, Energy and Essential Services.
UPDATE 15.45pm: Comment from the Electrical Trades Union.
The sun's doing a great job for solar power. Now the bureaucrats have to do their bit. RePower Alice Springs gives an update of how we can make fossil fuel use a thing of the past. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Regulation of electrical reticulation in Ho Chi Minh City seems as inadequate ours is over the top.
Four years after alarming predictions by former Chief Minister Adam Giles for the electricity supply in Alice Springs, 10 new gas fired engines bought by his government are still not up to speed. Tim Brands, from RePower Alice Springs, asks why. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATE 1:15pm July 16: Reply from TGen CEO Tim Duignan.
The people in the community of Ampilatwatja have been told to boil their drinking water as many have been struck down with vomiting and diarrhoea, according to a community source. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Water tower at Ampilatwatja.
Today's reform of the Territory electricity market is based on two key pillars, including making it more attractive for the private sector to enter the market and provide competitive electricity services to Territorians, writes Dave Tollner (pictured), NT Treasurer.
The NT Budget next week won't cut many more jobs from the public service, but public servants will need to work harder, running unfunded projects left behind by the Labor government, and bringing to reality new ones promised by the CLP.
Borrowed money isn't a bad thing so long it's not used for the day to day administration, but rather for assets cranking up employment and the economy.
Some of the flood of Canberra money will continue to be used to subsidise the ailing Power Water Corporation (PWC), but the corporation will be required to massively improve its efficiency. But we will continue to have some of the nation's lowest electricity tariffs.
So says NT Treasurer Dave Tollner, partly in response to a comment published here on Monday. He spoke to Alice Springs News Online editor ERWIN CHLANDA. PHOTO: Mr Tollner talking to anti-uranium protesters during the Legislative Assembly sittings in Alice Springs in November, 2009.
Tomorrow the new government will release its mini budget. Will the statement by Treasurer Robyn Lambley include the answer to the big question: why does governing the Territory, per head of population, cost five and a half times as much as the national average, asks ERWIN CHLANDA.