The technology used in Australia’s giant coal-burning power stations comes from the steam age. By today’s standards they are hopelessly inefficient, wasting more than two-thirds of the energy of the coal burnt and making them the biggest polluters.
Gavin Gilchrist addresses one of the great dilemmas of our time: how can advanced societies meet their essential electricity needs while reducing their impact on the environment? While governments have conspired with their power companies to stifle the promotion of new high-technology energy-efficient systems, because they have become addicted to using these companies as tax collectors; as a result, power bills are higher than they should be and Australian industry is less competitive internationally. By making the Big Switch, Australia can have an electricity industry that pollutes less, costs businesses and households less, and creates more jobs.