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Coal, carbon dioxide emissions make powerful comeback


Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 March 2014

It's been a long time coming but coal is making a comeback in Australia's energy mix, with coal-fired generators lifting their share of Australia's main power market in February.

As a result, carbon emissions from the National Electricity Market covering most of eastern Australia rose for the first time in two years, according to energy consultants Pitt & Sherry.

Black and brown coal-fired power plants supplied 75.2 per cent of the NEM's power last month, up from 73.8 per cent a year earlier. A reduction in Snowy Hydro's output also helped drag down the share of power from renewable sources, said Hugh Saddler, principal consultant with the company.

Australia's stationary power industry, which is directly covered by the carbon price, has been one of the few sectors of the economy to show a reduction in carbon emissions. In the year to last September, the industry's emissions totalled 178.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, according to government data.

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