EnergyAustralia will close the Yallourn power station four years early, announcing one of Australia’s dirtiest power stations will be shuttered in mid-2028.
As measures to support clean energy sector are shelved, the Morrison government pushes through legislation to aid a costly brown hydrogen experiment.
Oxford University research argues for immediate closure of world’s brown coal mines with new analysis suggesting they’re a net drain on the global economy.
Victoria is home to 20% of the main grid’s coal and gas generation capacity, but is the source of 35% of all power station outages.
Record output from wind and hydro in October nearly matches brown coal for first time, as new data highlights how quickly renewables could reduce emissions.
The future for big brown coal generators looks bleak if Victoria meets its ambitious renewable energy target. It could force the closure of Hazelwood before 2020.
Study finds closing Australia’s biggest brown coal power plant as soon as 2017/18 would have “negligible” effect on electricity prices, while addressing the nation’s emissions task and oversupply of capacity in the NEM.
Total emissions from electricity generation in the year to February 2016 showed a slight uptick from the relatively slow growth seen over the past few months.
Even with increasing amounts of renewables, and more power capacity than we need in the network, brown coal power stations are still running.