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Keep coal power after record warnings of shortages

The Energy ­Security Board has called for special payments to keep ageing coal-fired and gas power stations in business to avoid future spikes in electricity prices, under a national plan to shore up the energy grid. Liddell in NSW and Yallourn in Victoria are due to shut down in the next few years.

ACTION

Contact your Federal MP and your Senators HERE.

In your own words, say/write: Rather than the federal government just subsidising baseload coal power, it must fund the refurbishment of coal power stations to produce low cost electricity until it is proven that renewables can produce reliable low cost electricity.

 

Background

The call for special payments to keep these power stations operating come after the Australian Energy Market Operator (AMEO) issued a record number of warnings about a lack of supply in NSW this year, at a rate of almost one every four days. The notices are issued when there is not enough ­capacity available in the system. AEMO also says Australia needed up to 19GW in dispatchable power. 

The closures are part of Australia’s plan contribute to global CO2 reductions by replace coal power with renewables.

Australia’s plan is meaningless given that last year alone China built more than three times as much new coal power capacity as all other countries in the world. Now, China is planning toto build 43 new coal-fired power plants and 18 new blast furnaces — equivalent to adding about 1.5% to its current annual emissions, according to a new report by the Helsinki-based research organization the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) and the U.S. group Global Energy Monitor (GEM).

Furthermore, together China, India, Indonesia, Japan and Vietnam plan to build more than 600 coal power units, accounting for more than 80% of the coal power stations planned across the world, according to a June report by the think-tank Carbon Tracker. This will generate 300 gigawatts of energy, more than enough to power the whole of Japan or to power the UK more than three times over.

China is the world’s leading coal investor, with plans to increase its existing 1,100-gigawatt fleet of coal-fired power plants by another 187 gigawatts, according to the report.

An editorial in The Australian (August 6) commented on the need for special payments to keep Australia’s coal plants functioning, saying we now have a ridiculous waste of subsidies for both renewables and coal power. The editorial said:

For anyone who has been paying attention to the development of renewable energy markets in other parts of the world it has long been clear that existing coal and gas generators in Australia would have to receive special payments to stay in business.

That point was reached in Britain in 2013 with the introduction of a capacity market where reliable sources of generation were given an additional payment so they could deliver energy when intermittent and inflexible low-carbon generation sources could not. For market purists, the whole business has been a diabolic illustration of compounding waste. Renewable energy producers are paid a subsidy to produce electricity and are given preferential access to markets. This favourable treatment makes it unviable for existing generators to compete.

Because renewable generators cannot always be relied on to provide electricity when it is needed, another subsidy must be paid to ensure supplies remain available from sources that energy users have already paid extra to put out of business.

It is a scenario worthy of Yes Minister or a Monty Python skit.

“The dilemma is that without additional support for dispatchable generation there is a greater risk for businesses and households of blackouts and higher prices.”

 

PLEASE ACT TODAY

Contact your Federal MP and your Senators HERE.

In your own words, say: Rather than the federal government just subsidising baseload coal power, it must fund the refurbishment of coal power stations to produce low cost electricity until it is proven that renewables can produce reliable low cost electricity.

Point out that:

The Energy Market Operator (AMEO) issued a record number of warnings about a lack of supply in NSW this year, at a rate of almost one every four days.

Australia’s plan to exit coal power to reduce global emissions is meaningless given that :

  • last year alone  built more than three times as much new coal power capacity as all other countries in the world.
  • together China, India, Indonesia, Japan and Vietnam plan to build more than 600 coal power units, accounting for more than 80% of the coal power stations planned across the world, to generate 300 gigawatts of energy, more than enough to power the whole of Japan or to power the UK more than three times over.

The idea of massive subsides to unreliable renewables and then subsidies for coal power to prevent shortages and blackouts when renewables can deliver, is worth of a Yes Minister show or a Monty Python skit.

 

Sincerely,

 

Pat Byrne

NCC - National President

 

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