Coal-fired power plants are no longer generating power.
This means that coal-fired plants will no longer be generating power in Australia.
The National Electricity Market Operator (NEAO) said on Thursday that it had temporarily shut down coal-powered generators in Victoria, South Australia and Queensland due to a coal strike.
This is the first time the utility has shut down the generators in this way.
In a statement, the utility said it was responding to “recent developments” and the “possibility of further coal-generated power stations”.
A spokesperson for the Queensland government said it had ordered the closure of five coal-based generators across the state, while South Australia has also ordered the shutdown of eight coal-related generators.
“The generators were shut down to minimise disruption to the supply of electricity and have been returned to service as planned,” the Queensland Department of Electricity said in a statement.
The utility said the shutdowns were to ensure that it was able to make a “comprehensive assessment” of the situation and that it “can identify and correct any gaps”.
Coal power plants shut down after strike by the power market operator The Queensland Government said that it would temporarily shut all coal-power generators in South Australia.
It also ordered a “limited” closure of eight generators in the state.
It said that the shutdown would take place between 10:00pm on Thursday and 3:00am on Friday.
The Victorian Government said it would also temporarily shut eight coal power generators in SA.
The closure of coal power plants is a common occurrence across the world.
“There are coal-generation plants, there are coal power stations and there are some power stations that are no more,” Victorian Energy Minister Andrew Powell said on Friday, after a coal-mining operation in the Northern Territory shut down for three days.
“So, we’ve got a situation where coal is no longer producing electricity, so you can see that the situation is worsening.”
“We will take the opportunity to assess the situation, look at the impacts and what can be done to make sure we can minimise those impacts.”
The power market in the ACT is currently operating on a contingency basis.
It has said that power from the two remaining coal-burning power stations in the territory will not be exported.
The Northern Territory government has also issued a statement saying that it has ordered all remaining coal power production from the area to be halted.
“We have suspended all coal power in the area,” Northern Territory Premier Adrian Piccoli said on Monday.
“It is not our intention to export any coal, as we will continue to monitor the situation in the NT.”
The Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, said on Wednesday that the state would also suspend all coal generating power as part of the shutdown.
He said that coal power would not be “exportable”.
He said there was “no place” for coal generation in the country.
“What is happening in the United States, in Australia, in Europe, in other places is coal is not exportable, so we’re going to do what we can to protect our coal industry,” Mr Andrews said.
The state has also been ordered to suspend all new coal-fueled power stations.