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Emissions sink as consumers turn off coal

Published on December 17, 2012 by in Home


Peter Hannam, Carbon economy editor

Getting less fired-up at Victoria’s Hazelwood power station in Australia. Photo: John Donegan


Weak demand for electricity across eastern mainland states has sparked a “dramatic fall” in greenhouse gas emissions from Australia’s power stations, the latest review of data by consultants Pitt & Sherry has found.

While demand for base-load electricity from black coal-fired power stations has been in retreat for about three years, the decline has extended in recent months to two of Victoria’s emissions-intensive brown coal-fired plants, Hazelwood and Yallourn.

Changes in demand of electricity on this scale are unprecedented in the entire 120-year history of the electricity supply industry in Australia 

Hazelwood, one of the country’s oldest and dirtiest power plants, was operating at only 67 per cent capacity in November, down from the mid-80 per cent range in May and June, Hugh Saddler, principal consultant in the climate change business unit of Pitt & Sherry, said. MORE

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