"Coal is likely to be completely gone from Victoria’s electricity system by
2032 with most other parts of Australia not far behind, a report from the
Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) declared last week.
The report, called the 2022 Integrated System Plan, confirmed what many of us
in energy policy have long known: the end of coal is coming, and the pace may
take some industries and governments by surprise.
The Integrated System Plan (ISP) is effectively the planning “blueprint” the
market operator publishes to help industry and policy makers assess how
Australia’s electricity system might evolve. It’s an incredibly important
document for guiding where and when investment is needed to unlock new
renewable resources to meet demand.
Given ISP’s prediction for the rapid closure of coal-fired power stations, it’s
critical governments don’t stick their heads in the sand. Continuing to deny
the impending end of coal-fired generation is simply not in the interest of
coal workers and their communities, who urgently need support."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics