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AGL Energy keeps SA gas-fired power


Source: AFR, 7 June 2016

AGL Energy has reversed a decision to mothball four ageing gas turbines at Torrens Island in a bid to maintain reliable power and stable prices in South Australia's heavily wind and solar-driven electricity market.

The decision by AGL not to shut down the four ageing gas turbines comes just a month after West Australian retailer Alinta admitted defeat in South Australia's tricky market and closed its Northern and Playford B coal-fired power stations.

Alinta's withdrawal left the struggling state's electricity market dependent on solar and wind power for more than 40 per cent of its generating capacity, with an interconnector to Victoria's brown coal power stations covering only about a quarter of demand.

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