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    Australia calls for limiting electricity use to avoid power outages

    June 16, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras


      Sydney (Australia), Jun 16, Australia's Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Bowen, on Thursday called on citizens to limit as much as possible the use of electricity, mainly between 6 and 8 pm, to avoid power outages and alleviate the energy crisis.

      "If you can choose when to use certain appliances, don't turn them on between 6 and 8," Bowen told a press conference, noting that the government has asked that, temporarily, non-essential appliances be turned off.

      The request comes after the war in Ukraine, soaring fuel prices and the austral winter have driven up the cost of electricity in Australia, causing supply problems due to government attempts to lower prices.

      Several power stations, many coal and gas-fired, shut down after authorities on Sunday capped prices as they claim they cannot cover production costs.

      Although Australia is the world's biggest coal exporter, prices in the country are affected by global inflation.

      The Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, pointed out that clean energy is the cheapest, but that in Australia there is a problem in using renewable energy because the country's grid is not adapted to the 21st century.

      "Meanwhile, old coal-fired power stations are more susceptible to blackouts and outages because they are old," Albanese said at the same Bowen press conference in Canberra.

      The prime minister said he will discuss energy supply problems with Australian state leaders tomorrow, the first such meeting his government has held since Labor won the election last month.

      While tackling the energy crisis, the government is also making progress on its commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to combat the climate crisis.

      Thus, Australia today presented to the UN targets for reducing polluting emissions by 43% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels, a more ambitious goal than the 26-28% set by the previous Executive.

      According to official data, Australia produced 507 million tons of coal in 2019, of which more than 80 % exported to other countries, and emitted that year 16.71 tons of CO2 per capita, surpassing countries such as the United States, Japan, China and the United Kingdom. EFE



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