AUSTRALIA’S COAL POWER STATIONS are not fit for a 21st century power system with almost 100 breakdowns at fossil fuel power stations in the seven-month period to the end of June 2018, according to a new Climate Council report ‘End of the Line: Coal in Australia’.
Climate Councillor and energy sector veteran with more than 40 years experience, Professor Andrew Stock said, “by 2030, 55% of coal power stations in Australia will be over 40 years old. These ageing coal stations are increasingly unreliable and expensive to operate, risking blackouts and higher consumer power costs.”
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KEY FINDINGS INCLUDE:
- By 2030, 55% of coal power stations in Australia will be over 40 years old.
- Australia’s coal and gas power stations had almost 100 breakdowns recorded in the seven-month period to the end of June 2018.
- New coal power stations are the most expensive form of new power generation.
- The estimated cost of building a coal power station with carbon capture and storage in Australia is over six times the equivalent cost of Australia’s largest wind farm.
- Australia’s electricity sector is the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gas pollution, producing 33% of Australia’s greenhouse gas pollution levels in 2017.
- There is no such thing as clean coal. No matter how “efficient” a coal-fired power station, it is always polluting.
- Coal costs Australian taxpayers about $2.6 billion in health costs every year.
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