Australian coal plant preventing blackouts scheduled for closure

Liddell coal-fired power plant

Parts of Australia have managed to escape widespread blackouts during the country’s hottest summer in recent years, thanks in large part to a coal power plant that is scheduled to be shuttered in 2022.

New South Wales (NSW), an area located on Australia’s East Coast, has relied on black coal to stave off energy blackouts during 100-degree Fahrenheit days. Blackouts occurred Sunday in Ausgrid, which lost power to 4,000 homes on the Central Coast.

“The higher risk of outages occur in later January early February during sustained heatwaves that‘s when temperatures are above 40 degrees for three or four days,” Energy Council CEO Matthew Warren told 9News, a local media outlet in Australia.

Black coal was the resource providing the bulk of the power, with Snowy Hydro, gas, solar and wind also contributing to the area’s energy network. One NSW official criticized the government for being ill-prepared for the heatwave and the energy crunch.

It was fortunate that the heatwave occurred when much of industry was not using energy, NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley told 9News, saying “the government’s only plan seems to be that heatwaves occur on weekends.

Energy giant AGL plans to shutter its NSW based Liddell coal plant by 2022 – the company has so far refused government request to keep the plant open. AGL plans to divert future investment toward state-subsidized green energy projects.

The Australian Government warned in September that 1,000 MW of power will be required to replace the Liddell coal plant, and those policy incentives are not delivering enough flexible power to ensure energy grid stability.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Living under the Eco-Nazis/Watermelons have your electricity cut off becuase using too much offends the Earth gods and godesses and ban all holidays ecsept for Earth Day the only day allowed under the High Prest’s of Thy Holy Earth

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    David Lewis

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    If the Liddell coal-fired power plant was the only thing that prevented blackouts, shutting it down will obviously result in black outs in the future, not to mention paying more for less reliable energy. Perhaps this is a necessary step. Some people are incapable of understanding except by making serious mistakes.

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      JB

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      Only too true David. Experience is a dear school but fools learn in no other.

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