Electricity woes as serious as water to irrrigators
More than 70 per cent of electricity produced in Western Australia was to customers with generators and other electric power generation equipment, rather than domestic coal, according to state-funded figures released in March.
More than $50 million of that was spent on power generation in 2016-17 – a 30 per cent increase from a year earlier, du더킹카지노e to more frequent storms that pushed electricity costs over $100 per megawatt hour in March, but a 30 per cent increase from a year ago, when the state’s electricity price was $32.25.
The report was prompted by a drought on the central and western plains that was believed to have damaged at least 70 per cent of Western Australia’s coal-fired power plants in late 2016.
However, the Western Australian Energy and Resources Authority today said the state’s electricity price has fallen by more than 60 per cent to $31.21 per megawatt hour compared with just $17.49 last year – which puts the amount spent on power generation to far less than that더킹카지노.
The state has cut investment in coal-fired capacity by 18 per cent since 2015.
West Australian power prices “are not as much as they should be because prices are way up, we think, on the current trends,” said energy and environment adviser, Ken Hamer at The Australian Energy Council.
While more of Western Australia’s power generation is produced with natural gas and less of it with nuclear, its electricity costs are on par with Australia’s $16.42 per megawatt hour, the lowest of the three Western Au더킹카지노stralian states that supply electricity.
“In the long term, these costs are only going to go up,” Mr Hamer said.
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