Coal-fired power on the way out in Australia

Posted: June 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Australia’s coal fleet is old and coming towards the end of its design life. Large generators are likely to be replaced by a number of smaller plants, as the cost of wind, large-scale solar, and new gas-fired generators rapidly declines. At present, Australia is one of the worst per capita CO2 emitters.

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Dark future ahead for coal-fired power in Australia,news.com.au 9 June 17 AUSTRALIA’S Chief Scientist has predicted a dark future ahead for coal-fired power in coming years and says the country’s not prepared.

AAP AUSTRALIA’S reliance on coal to generate electricity will diminish as conventional power plants reach their use-by date, the country’s chief scientist says.

But the existing market is not equipped to deal with the transition and, if not addressed soon, could impact reliability and security.

Chief Scientist Alan Finkel briefed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and state premiers in Hobart on Friday on his 212-page report into Australia’s electricity market.

He said Australia’s coal fleet is old and coming towards the end of its design life. He predicts generation will decline over the next 30 years…..

Large generators are likely to be replaced by a number of smaller plants, as the cost of wind, large-scale solar, and new gas-fired…

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Comments
  1. The demise of the coal industry could not come quick enough for me. Now matter how much this Government twists and turns the renewables are the only way forwards.

  2. Same here, gerard. We have pretty much killed coal here in New Zealand – but it keeps trying to rear it’s ugly head. Fonterra, our main dairy cooperative, seems really committed to expanding their use of coal in one of their main processing plants.

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