Every Time a Gas or Coal Power Plant Broke Down this Summer (spoiler: it was a lot of times)

Over the 2017–18 Summer, The Australia Institute Gas & Coal Watch found that gas and coal power plants broke down a whopping 44 times, and that’s just from 13th December: when we started Gas & Coal Watch.

With 44 breakdowns recorded over 90 days, this equals on average of one power plant breakdown every 2.05 days.

If we look at the number of gas & coal power plant breakdowns per state, we see that Victorians and Queenslanders suffered from more than twice as many breakdowns than their New South Wales counterparts.

In fact, while Victoria has only 19% of coal power stations, Victorians suffered from 45% of coal power breakdowns, due to their heavy reliance on brown coal plants.

While black coal plants broke down a total of 21 times over 90 days, the 17 brown coal station breakdowns this Summer occurred across just three power stations.


Every Gas and Coal Power Station Breakdown this Summer —

Breakdown # 44: Callide B Power Station in Queensland on Friday 23rd February 2018


Breakdown # 43: Millmerran Power Plant in Queensland on Monday 19th February 2018


Breakdown # 42: Liddell Power Station in New South Wales on Sunday 18th February 2018


Breakdown # 41: Gladstone Power Station in Queensland on Thursday 16th February 2018


Breakdown # 40: Gladstone Power Station in Queensland on Thursday 15th February 2018


Breakdown # 39: Yallourn W Power Station in Victoria on Thursday 15th February 2018


Breakdown # 38: Gladstone Power Station in Queensland on Wednesday 14th February 2018


Breakdown # 37: Newport Power Station in Victoria on Tuesday 13th February 2018


Breakdown # 36: Braemar Power Station in Queensland on Tuesday 13th February 2018


Breakdown # 35: Loy Yang A & B in Victoria on Sunday 11th — Monday 12th February 2018


Breakdown # 34: Callide Power Plant in Queensland on Friday 9th February 2018


Breakdown # 33: Bayswater Power Station in New South Wales on Thursday 8th February 2018


Breakdown # 32: Vales Point “B” Power Station in New South Wales on Sunday 4th February 2018


Breakdown # 31: Newport Power Station in Victoria on Friday 2nd February 2018


Breakdown # 30: Liddell Power Station in New South Wales on Thursday 1st February 2018


Breakdown # 29: Liddell Power Station in New South Wales on Tuesday 30th January 2018


Breakdown # 28: Yallourn W Power Station in Victoria on Saturday 20th — Sunday 21st January 2018


Breakdown # 27: Yallourn W Power Station in Victoria on Saturday 20th January 2018


Breakdown # 26: Loy Yang B Power Station in Victoria on Thursday 18th January 2018


Breakdown # 25: Swanbank E Gas Turbine in Queensland on Thursday 18th January 2018


Breakdown # 24: Loy Yang A in Victoria on Wednesday 17th January 2018


Breakdown # 23: Callide Power Plant in Queensland on Tuesday 16th January 2018


Breakdown # 22: Yallourn W Power Station in Victoria on Tuesday 16th January 2018


Breakdown # 21: Yallourn W Power Station in Victoria on Monday 15th January 2018


Breakdown # 20: Yallourn W Power Station in Victoria on Monday 15th January 2018


Breakdown # 19: Gladstone Power Station in Queensland on Saturday 13th January 2018


Breakdown # 18: Loy Yang A Power Station in Victoria on Friday 12th January 2018


Breakdown # 17: Tallawarra Power Station in New South Wales on Friday 12th January 2018


Breakdown # 16: Tarong Power Station in Queensland on Friday 12th January 2018

Breakdown # 15: Yallourn W Power Station in Victoria on Thursday 11th January 2018


Breakdown # 14: Kogan Creek Power Station in Queensland on Thursday 11th January 2018


Breakdown # 13: Loy Yang A Power Station in Victoria on Tuesday 9th January 2018


Breakdown # 12: Eraring Power Station in New South Wales on Sunday 7th January 2018


Breakdown # 11: Loy Yang A Power Station in Victoria on Saturday 6th January 2018


Breakdown # 10: Millmerran Power Station in Queensland on Monday 1st January 2018


Breakdown # 9: Tarong Power Station in Queensland on Thursday 28th December 2017


Breakdown # 8: Loy Yang A Power Station in Victoria on Tuesday 26th December 2017


Breakdown # 7: Gladstone Power Station in Queensland on Tuesday 26th December 2017


Breakdown # 6: Tallawarra Power Station in New South Wales on Monday 25th December 2017


Breakdown # 5: Loy Yang A Power Station in Victoria on Sunday 24th December 2017


Breakdown # 4: Kogan Creek Power Station in Queensland on Saturday 23rd December 2017


Breakdown # 3: Loy Yang A Power Station in Victoria on Friday 22nd December 2017


Breakdown # 2: Loy Yang A Power Station in Victoria on Thursday 14th December 2017


Breakdown # 1: Millmerran Power Station in Queensland on Wednesday 13th December 2017

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