What’s really undermining the reliability of the national grid? Victoria’s brown coal plants.

Victoria’s brown coal power plants are a liability for the National Electricity Market, and they’re just going to get worse.

Above: Yallourn W Power Station, image used under creative commons license.

“It is a credit to the workers of these plants that they keep them running as well as they do. However they are now too old, too unreliable, too polluting and too dangerous. It’s time to replace them with up-to-date technology,”

— Ben Oquist, Executive Director of The Australia Institute.

But if there’s no blackout, why does it matter if power stations break down?

an independent think-tank based in Canberra > australia.org.au

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