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How Victoria got hooked on gas, and why the heat’s on to find new fuel – The Age

With 65 per cent of the nation’s total residential use, Victoria is unique in Australia for its reliance on gas as a fuel source. Now there are clouds on the horizon…



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And while other states use gas, its nowhere near as much as Victoria. Almost half of the nations total residential gas consumption heats Victorian homes, according to the Grattan Institute think tank. The next highest is NSW, with 5 per cent.
Of course Victoria had the unusual advantage of having a major city very close to a huge source of gas, says Tony Wood, energy program director at the Grattan Institute. It turned out to be an extraordinarily valuable resource. To some extent gas was almost…

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