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Engineering disaster

Remaking the power grid to fail

29 October 2022

9:00 AM

29 October 2022

9:00 AM

Europe may be in the midst of a power crisis and memories of the chaos on the Australian grid in June still fresh, but that has not stopped billionaire activist Mike Cannon-Brookes and the state governments of Queensland and Victoria sowing the seeds of a major power disaster.

These players are engineering the closure of the bulk of the reliable coal-fired power supply of the eastern half of the continent within 13 years with nothing but intermittent renewable energy projects, most of which have yet to be built, to replace them.

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Mark Lawson is writing Dark Ages – the destruction of Australia’s power grid, to be published by Connor Court. markslawson@optusnet.com.au

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