28 Jul 2020

Lake Onslow hydro pumping labelled a 'white elephant'

From Morning Report, 6:48 am on 28 July 2020

A white elephant, a waste of money and in the wrong place anyway.

That's the hot take from industry experts on a proposal to spend billions of dollars on a huge hydro scheme at Lake Onslow in the South Island.

The government is spending an initial $30 million investigating the scheme which would look to solve the problem of dry years and the irregular supply of renewable energy.

Sally Murphy reports.