The fate of coal plants in the event that the Liberals win the upcoming election

As Liberals try to woe the Western Australia (WA) electorate to vote for and not against them, it tables an exciting renewable energy plan. It declares the plan its administration under the leadership of Zak Kirkup has if they win those elections. It states that come 2025, no even a single public coal power station will be operational. According to the involved party, such a move would do well for various sectors, including the export sector, renewable energy, and employment, by creating big jobs. If that were to happen, the likes of Collie and Muja would shut down in the next four years.

According to Kirkup, such a project would see the emergence of tens of thousands of employment opportunities. He also added that there has never been another more significant project than what’s in the plan as far as Australia is concerned. After all, it will cost approximately $400 million, which will come from the Liberal government and a portion of it from the private sector. Equally important, it is a plan that could result in killing two birds with the same stone. It will help it shape its path towards the inevitable renewable energy future and revive the manufacturing industry. Not just the state will benefit from it but also the country at large.

Its outcome would be times when residents don’t have to pay huge bills. Equally important, the level of emissions would go down if not become zero. He admits that such a target is ambitious but focuses on the bigger picture, which pushes WA in the right direction towards where it ought to be in the coming decades.

Going by the plan, in addition to closing public coal power plants, WA is expected to be emitting zero carbon emissions by 2030. The policy demands the government set aside $9 billion. The money would go towards converting water into hydrogen to produce energy of capacity 4500 megawatts to be exported using wind and solar. Local beneficiaries would include Mid West states such as South West, Goldfields, and Wheatbelt. After all, they would receive electricity from yet another wind and solar energy with a capacity of 1500 megawatts. Equally important, $100 million would go to the latest renewable industry to help it rise to the international market standards. Another similar amount of funds would come in handy in wooing renewable firms to invest in WA.

Opponents say that the plan seems to be only harsh to the public projects but quite lenient to their private counterparts. After all, there is no emissions level target set for the latter. David Honey also advocated for incentives that would lure private companies to move towards renewable energy.


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