AEMO: Replacing Coal with Renewables will Cause Blackouts

Intermittent energy sources destroy the reliable electricity system….Black-outs will follow.

Watts Up With That?


Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Australian Energy Market Operator, the government body responsible for ensuring the stability of Australia’s energy supply, has issued a stark warning that closure of coal plants will dramatically increase the risk of widespread blackouts – that building additional renewable capacity will not compensate for the loss of coal capacity.


THURSDAY, 11 August 2016

Strategic, efficient investment required to support Australia’s energy transformation

The Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO) 2016 Electricity Statement of Opportunities (ESOO) report released today illustrates the growing importance of network and non-network developments to securely manage an evolving, lower carbon electricity generation future.

The 2016 ESOO provides National Electricity Market (NEM) participants, investors, and policy-makers with a projected 10-year outlook to 2025-26 of supply adequacy under a number of scenarios, and this year further generation withdrawals have been modelled in response to the COP21 emission abatement commitment1.

“As the…

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