Why South Australia has very high electricity costs

July 29th, 2016 Posted by Uncategorised 0 thoughts on “Why South Australia has very high electricity costs”

The Advertiser revealed some of the state’s biggest employers were close to temporarily closing due to surging SA electricity prices.

Where does South Australia’s power come from?

During the 2015 financial year, gas accounted for 37 per cent of the electricity, wind 34 per cent, coal 23 per cent, and solar 7 per cent. Additionally, SA imported around 10 per cent of its total from Victoria via the interconnector to meet demand when there was not enough capacity locally.

With the closure of Alinta’s Northern power station at Port Augusta occurring on May 9 this year, coal is now out of the equation. At 1pm yesterday, SA was generating 1730 MW of electricity — of that 71 per cent wind, 24 per cent gas, and 5 per cent solar.

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Article is taken from The Advertiser, July 23, 2016 12:00am. Written by Luke Griffiths and Jade Gailberger.

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