SYNERGY — PREMIER
COAL SUPPLY AGREEMENT
451. Hon Dr STEVE THOMAS to the minister representing the
Minister for Energy:
Thank you, Madam President. I will
try to set a good example for him.
The PRESIDENT: A shining
Hon Dr STEVE THOMAS: Thank
you, Madam President.
I refer to the media report in The
West Australian of Monday, 6 May 2019 that said of Premier Coal —
Premier told the Shire of Collie last
week that its supply contract with State-owned energy provider Synergy included
minimum as well as maximum annual tonnage requirements that were in place
through to 2030.
(1) What is the
minimum amount of coal Synergy is required to take under contract from Premier
Coal each year until 2030?
(2) What financial penalties does
the state face if Synergy takes less than this amount?
(3) If the Labor
plan to achieve 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030 is to be attained, and we
can expect closures of coal stations as suggested by Labor ministers, how much
will the state be paying out each year until 2030 for coal that it will not use
as it gradually closes coal-fired capacity in Collie?
STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the member for some notice
of the question. The following information has been provided by the Minister
terms and conditions of Synergy's contract with its counterparty, which
was approved under the former government, are confidential.
(3) I thank the
member for his confidence in a Labor win at the upcoming federal election. The
premise of the question is incorrect, the Minister for Energy has stated
previously that renewable energy will increasingly displace demand for coal generation
due to the rapid uptake of rooftop solar photovoltaics and the decline in the
cost of renewable energy.