NEM Review must include nuclear technologies: Submission from Bright New World

We were surprised and dismayed to discover that the preliminary report from the current Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market had pointedly excluded consideration of nuclear technologies.

There is no justification for this position...literally. They did not even bother to justify it. See this table, where nuclear technologies are simply absent.

 

Bright New World has made a strong submission addressing this inexcusable situation. 

Here is an extract from our submission:

The need for stable, far-reaching energy policy in Australia is now pressing.
The preliminary report suggests Australia is facing a “trilemma”:
The heart of the Review’s task is to find solutions to address the so-called energy trilemma – policies that simultaneously provide a high level of energy security and reliability, universal access to affordable energy services, and reduced emissions. This is easier said than done.
The “trilemma” is largely artificial and self-inflicted. Australia has spent nearly two decades with arbitrary prohibition on the technologies that provide affordable, reliable, zero-carbon generation of electricity, proven at the scale of large economies: nuclear fission technologies.
Australia seems determined to fight reality, wanting to make clean, variable generation somehow reliable, or make reliable, dirty generation somehow clean.
So Bright New World is mystified and dismayed to see that a timely review from the Office of the Chief Scientist excluded consideration of the only technologies that are both clean and reliable.
Bright New World does not object to the treatment of nuclear technology in the review, nor the standard, quality or breadth of evidence. Rather, there was no treatment. There was no evidence.
We note Appendix D (Estimated Operating Emissions for New Power Stations) excluded nuclear technology, as though just alerting Australians to nuclear technology is part of our legislative prohibition.
It is disingenuous to ask Australians…
What other electricity innovations are you aware of that may impact the market in the future?
…while pretending the technologies that provide the second-largest amount of zero-carbon generation in the world today don’t exist [6]. There can be no pretence that this preliminary report is seeking to maximise national public interest in these conditions.

 

 

Please take a moment to read and share this submission and please, make an individual submission. Process detailed including the required coversheet can be found here http://www.environment.gov.au/energy/national-electricity-market-review

Ben Heard