Rapid growth in Western Australia has all but assured us of the development of three new coal powered electricity generating stations within the next few years.
With energy shortages of 200MW forecast by the summer of 2011-12, the state liberal government has given the green light to Verve to refurbish the 40 year old Muja A & B generators. Aviva has also been given the go ahead to build a new coal powered station at Eneabba. These three stations are expected to generate 7.4 million tonnes of CO2 per year.
Given our abundance of renewable energy sources in this state, this decision by the state liberal government is short sighted to say the least.
That bastion of scientific fact, Scientific America, recently published a feature article that pointed out that the world could generate almost 100% of its energy from renewable sources with current technologies and the right political will.