Submission to Senate Environment and Communications References Committee inquiry: Retirement of coal fired power stations
Author: Dylan McConnell12
1 Melbourne Energy Institute (University of Melbourne)
2 Australian-German Climate and Energy College (University of Melbourne)
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• In order to meet the objectives of ‘Paris Agreement’ and keep global warming below 2◦C, requires emission from the electricity sector to dramatically reduce, to practically zero, by 2050.
• The majority of existing coal fired power stations in Australia will have reached the end of their technical lives by 2050.
• Renewable energy is competitive with new entry fossil generation. This is particularly true when comparing equitable emissions outcomes.
• Plant ages, the ‘Paris Agreement’ and renewable energy costs suggest significant retirements of coal, with concurrent replacement with renewable energy between now and 2050.
• Evidence from South Australia points to a need for coordinated system planning of transitional arrangements maintenance of electricity supply, affordability and security
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