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Closing coal-fired power stations by 2030 ‘needs action now’

WA will need to build significant renewable energy and storage capacity now if it is to phase-out coal-fired power stations by 2030 while avoiding power disruptions, according to an east coast energy expert.

The former head of engineering and system design at the Australian Energy Market Operator, Alex Wonhas, has described the State Government’s plan to close its coal-fired power stations by the end of 2029 as “ambitious but possible”.

The McGowan Government announced the staged closure of both the Muja and Collie power stations last month in a move it said would cut costs and reduce carbon emissions on the South West Interconnected System by 80 per cent.

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