Replacing Liddell Coal Burning Power Station with Renewables Cheaper and Less Polluting than Gas

The cheapest and lowest emissions option to replace the Liddell coal-burning power station in the New South Wales Hunter Valley is clean energy backed up by batteries, according to a new report by energy analytics firm RepuTex. Take action to demand no new gas projects replace Liddell.

Liddell, one of Australia’s oldest and dirtiest coal-burning power stations, is closing in 2023.

The Federal Government has announced they are planning to replace Liddell with another highly polluting and dangerous source, methane gas.

Take action to demand that Scott Morrison does not support new gas projects to replace Liddell.

Renewables are cheaper

Electricity prices

Wholesale prices are lowest under the Renewables Scenario, followed by the Gas Scenario, then the Current Trajectory Scenario. 

The wholesale energy price under the Renewables Scenario by 2026 is 17% cheaper than the Gas Scenario ($35/MWh versus $42/MWh).

NSW Electricity Price Comparison

Renewables have the lowest emissions


NSW Carbon emissions

Emissions in NSW fall under all three scenarios, but are lowest under the Renewables Scenario, due to displacement of coal-burning generations ($42/MWh).

"“Renewables firmed with storage solves the so-called ‘energy trilemma’ — affordable, reliable and cleaner power. 

This report demonstrates that by continuing to add renewables and storage to NSW’s grid, the state will enjoy reliable power that’s cheaper and much better for the environment than gas,”

–  Simon Holmes a Court, senior advisor to the Climate and Energy College at Melbourne University. 

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Authorised by Kate Smolski, Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Sydney.

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