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Power stations play an essential role in generating the energy we need to run our homes and businesses – but like any machine, they require regular maintenance in order to keep running smoothly and efficiently. 

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It makes up the vast majority of all energy storage worldwide, and it’s set to play a key role in the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan that will provide power for generations to come. So how does pumped hydro actually work, and why is it so important to Queensland’s energy future? 
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has projected a scenario in which renewables account for 98 per cent of the total annual generation in the National Electricity Market (NEM) by 2050. Here’s what they think will need to happen for us to get there. 
The National Electricity Market (NEM) is in the midst of a major transformation in the way that electricity is generated and consumed, with all signs pointing towards a renewable future. But when will that future actually arrive, and what will it take to get there? 

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of transmission lines and cables are incorporated by the NEM


is the highest NEM demand record, set on Friday 31 January 2020


of large-scare renewable energy is currently in operation in the NEM

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businesses and customers are connected to the NEM

The Queensland energy market, explained.

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