Sep 12, 2017

Will keeping coal-fired power stations online really solve our energy woes?

The question of whether Australia has enough power to handle summer surges in demand is a very open one, writes former non-executive director of Energy Australia Michael Lambert.

Hazelwood power station

Over the last week we have been treated to the depressing spectacle of the Prime Minister and his government reacting in a knee jerk, wrong-headed manner to two sensible and useful reports that have been released by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).  This highlights the folly of not having a national plan for transitioning the National Electricity Market towards an increasingly renewable energy system.

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3 thoughts on “Will keeping coal-fired power stations online really solve our energy woes?

  1. Tabot Retemt

    When most houses have PV and many have batteries there will be so few grid users in some areas that households will be charged for having mains power passing their property.
    The same now happens for those without cars. They still pay rates for roads.

  2. Roger Clifton

    It is quite true that Australia needs a national transition plan – not for wind turbine sales targets, but to bring our emissions down to “net zero emissions” by 2100. However, waypoints such as “20% emissions remaining at 2050” are easily evaded, with many of us postponing the challenge until the year 2049. Instead, the plan should be laying out a rate of change that averages 5% reduction per year, year in year out.

    Once a rate of change is nailed to the wall, our politicians can argue about what technology must be installed in order to achieve that rate of change.

  3. bushby jane

    The tasmanian govt stuffed up when they were trying to collect the last of their carbon tax cheques from the hydro to prop up their bottom line. They chose to disregard a foreseen drought, were in the process of selling the backup gas power generation, and then the Basslink cable failed. The hydro dams nearly dried up, and panick ruled for a bit.
    Bit like a private company demanding returns to pay shareholders, now our power bills have gone up to billio.

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