Existing plants should be thought of as expensive, emergency backup as renewables are scaled up, report says

An increased reliance on gas in Australia forelectricity generation could lead to higher electricity bills without decreasing pollution, a new analysis by the Climate Council has found.

The report, released on Thursday, says an electricity grid that is even more reliant on gas generators will hit people’s hip pockets through higher power bills and do little to stop pollution.

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