New analysis by The Australia Institute shows the Liddell Power Station broke down four times this year. These breakdowns were on high-demand Summer days when reliability is most important for electricity supply.
This follows Liddell’s failure in the 2017 heatwave, which saw half (1000 MW) of the power station’s capacity out of service on the peak day of February 10. Liddell’s failure was the single largest contributor to the load shedding at Tomago Aluminum plant, near Newcastle.
The analysis reinforces that AGL’s decision announced this morning to close Liddell as planned will mean more reliable and lower cost electricity for NSW electricity consumers.