AEMO: No fear of blackouts despite coal plant closures

AEMO has released its latest Statement of Opportunities assessing the need for new electricity supply. It shows we're at little risk of the lights going out in spite of the carbon tax and recent coal power plant closures. But we'll need a lot more wind to meet the Renewable Energy Target.

The Australian Energy Market Operator has released its 2012 annual Electricity Statement of Opportunities (ESOO) publication, reviewing the future eastern states’ electricity market demand-supply balance. This takes into account the expected effects of the carbon price, but not the coal power plant contracts for closure process.

As had already been foreshadowed in prior AEMO publications profiled by Climate Spectator, there has been a huge revision downwards in expected annual energy consumption and also peak demand.

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