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How Australia Is Transforming Grids Away From Coal Power

Plans to retire creaking fossil fuel electricity infrastructure are being accelerated as cheap and abundant renewables transform Australia’s energy mix.

How to Dismantle Coal Power?
Photo illustration: Stephanie Davidson; Photos: Getty (2)

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The air is hot, gritty and tastes metallic inside Australia’s largest coal-fired electricity plant, the aging Eraring Power Station that’s into its fourth decade of operations.