CEDEX: Gas responsible for continued surge in black coal emissions – May 2016

by Hugh Saddler

After total electricity demand declined for four years between 2010 and 2014, this month saw demand increased for the fourteenth successive month.

The major factor pushing the resurgence of electricity demand is Queensland’s coal seam gas exports. CSG production uses a lot of electricity to power the pumps and compressors needed to extract the gas from hundreds of wells and pipe it hundreds of kilometres to Gladstone. This has been the main driver in both increased electricity demand and increased carbon emissions.

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