Generation

Is the Energy Security Board proposing to introduce a coal subsidy?

Controversy has reigned over the Energy Security Board’s recent suggestion that the best way to ensure reliability in the NEM is via a physically-backed version of the existing Retailer Reliability Obligation (RRO). Many of the opponents of the proposal have sought to portray it as a subsidy to coal plants. Is this a fair description? …

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South Australia: take a ride on the electricity price roller coaster

Observers of Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM) would be forgiven for thinking the era of high prices has left us for the time being (at least until the next coal plant closes). A minor dampening of demand from COVID and a more significant one from a mild summer has coincided with growing renewables on our …

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Walking a political tightrope

The impending closure of the Yallourn power station poses a major reliability problem for Victoria. After Hazelwood in 2017, it will be the second of the state’s four giant brown coal generators to close. That’s the withdrawal of more than 3000 megawatts of dispatchable generation, and the emissions that go with them. Victorian Energy Minister …

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