Policy Forum Pod

Snowy 2.0: the lowdown on hydro

Episode Summary

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has revealed plans for a multibillion dollar extension to the Snowy Hydro-electric scheme, in what he has called a “game-changing” development for Australia’s energy market. But does the proposal hold water? In this week’s Policy Forum Pod Extra, Frank Jotzo, Matthew Stocks, and Ken Baldwin take us through what Snowy Hydro 2.0 might mean for Australian energy policy. For more on energy policy and hydro-power in the Asia-Pacific, see the following Policy Forum articles: How renewables could power Asia https://www.policyforum.net/how-renewables-could-power-asia/ How social can Chinese hydropower dams be? https://www.policyforum.net/how-social-can-chinese-hydropower-dams-be/ Modi powers forward https://www.policyforum.net/modi-powers-forward/ One Dam(ned) mistake after another https://www.policyforum.net/one-damned-mistake-after-another/ You can also see the public stoush between Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg and South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-16/sa-premier-jay-weatherill-serves-federal-energy/8360422

Episode Notes

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has revealed plans for a multibillion dollar extension to the Snowy Hydro-electric scheme, in what he has called a “game-changing” development for Australia’s energy market. But does the proposal hold water? In this week’s Policy Forum Pod Extra, Frank Jotzo, Matthew Stocks, and Ken Baldwin take us through what Snowy Hydro 2.0 might mean for Australian energy policy. For more on energy policy and hydro-power in the Asia-Pacific, see the following Policy Forum articles: How renewables could power Asia https://www.policyforum.net/how-renewables-could-power-asia/ How social can Chinese hydropower dams be? https://www.policyforum.net/how-social-can-chinese-hydropower-dams-be/ Modi powers forward https://www.policyforum.net/modi-powers-forward/ One Dam(ned) mistake after another https://www.policyforum.net/one-damned-mistake-after-another/ You can also see the public stoush between Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg and South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-16/sa-premier-jay-weatherill-serves-federal-energy/8360422