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Renewables should replace capacity from next retired coal plant in Australia

March 26, 2021


As federal parliament prepares to undertake yet another review of Australia’s future energy system needs, it’s as good a time as any to remind the federal energy minister who requested said review why so-called “baseload” generation is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.

As it happens, this was one of the key takeaways from a Smart Energy Council webinar on Wednesday, in which a collection of energy market analysts discussed the very subject of Australia’s Rapidly Changing Electricity Market. 

“Solar and wind are not a complete replacement and new dispatchable capacity is required. New transmission will help too,” Edis told told the webinar hosted by SEC CEO John Grimes and featuring Johanna Bowyer and Tim Buckley from IEEFA and Tim Finnigan from Numantian Advisory. 

[Sophie Vorrath]

More: Why Australia doesn’t need new baseload to replace old coal

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