A burn­ing is­sue

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Resources -

Aus­tralia’s coal-fired power sta­tions have sharply in­creased their fuel con­sump­tion in the past decade in re­sponse to on­go­ing de­mand for elec­tric­ity. Power con­sump­tion has risen from 140,000 gi­gawatt hours a year in 1995 to 196,000 GWh, ac­cord­ing to the latest En­ergy Sup­ply As­so­ci­a­tion data. This has seen black coal burn­ing rise from 39.6 mil­lion tonnes a year to 57.7Mt and brown coal use rise from 50 Mt to al­most 70 Mt. ESAA pre­dicts that elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion will move past 240,000 GWh a year by 2015-16. Coal-fired power is still ex­pected to ac­count for more than 80 per cent of sup­ply.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.