What Does It Take To Close A Coal-Fired Power Station?

Every power plant has an expiration date – a point at which it will no longer be economical nor safe to operate. The decommissioning of coal-fired power plants is something that Australia has had little experience with to date – but a large proportion of the country’s thermal generation fleet is approaching end of life, with many power stations set to retire over coming decades. The rapid proliferation of renewables such as wind and solar, supported by storage options such as utility-scale batteries and pumped hydro energy storage, may even hasten the schedule for closure.