Wind power coal closures = blackouts?

The mothballing and closure of coal plant is leading to suggestions that power reliability is threatened from injection of more renewable energy, including from the AEMC. But rushed judgements based on fear of blackouts tend to get us into trouble.

The mothballing and closure of a range of coal power stations is leading to claims that adding lots of renewable energy supply to an already oversupplied market could mean the lights will go out.

Yes, I know too much supply equals not enough supply doesn’t really make much logical sense. But consider this statement from the Australian Energy Market Commission in its submission to the Climate Change Authority:


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