Thinktank broadsides new coal plants

The nation’s newest coal plants are amongst the most unreliable, according to a new report released by The Australia Institute (TAI).

The report found that the ‘supercritical’ and ‘High Efficiency, Low Emissions’ generators have the highest breakdown rates per gigawatt.

“Australia already has supercritical coal plants. They break down even more often, gigawatt for gigawatt, than our old clunker coal plants,” says Richie Merzian, Director of The Australia Institute Climate & Energy Program.

“These new supercritical coal plants are touted by proponents as ‘High Efficiency, Low Emissions’ (HELE) coal plants, but this could not be further from the truth.

“Our research shows that not only are these coal plants less reliable, but they are more emissions-intensive than renewable energy and even gas.”

The unfavourable report comes just a matter of weeks after new international findings concluded that climate change can be limited to 1.5c if a complete decarbonisation of the future energy pipeline is achieved.

TAI’s report can be found here

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