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NSW energy grid relying on Queensland power to keep the lights on

Energy shipped over the border from Queensland to New South Wales has grown by more than 50% in the last year, raising doubts about the state’s ability to keep the lights on.

The Telegraph reports cheaper power from Queensland’s coal-fired power station led to an increase in exports, as the Liddell station in New South Wales prepares to close.

“Who would have thought we’re having our tyres pumped up by Queensland?” says Ben Fordham.

Liberal MP Craig Kelly tells Ben New South Wales may be able to make do in the short term, but we shouldn’t be relying on other states to sustain us.

“When the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow, we’re relying on power from Queensland.

“That may well be okay today and next week but what happens… if Queensland starts to close their coal-fired power stations where does that leave us in New South Wales?”

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