Over just two summers, both the amount of energy lost since Hazelwood’s closure, and the capacity it provided during peak demand, have been replaced largely by wind and solar.
AGL has given 7 years’ notice of its plans to shutter Liddell – but a new rule finalised by the AEMC means Australia’s ageing coal plants must notify AEMO at least 3 years ahead of permanent closure.
Engie to auction off old coal plant parts in series of online auctions starting in September. Get your bidding fingers ready.
Early action on transmission should be at the top of the new Energy Security Board’s agenda if we are to connect enough wind and solar and hydro to replace retiring coal generators.
The proposed low emissions target is not a big vote winner for the Coalition, but doing nothing may well be a vote loser. These considerations may outweigh the risk of alienating its conservative rump and the coal lobby.
In a major win, the Andrews Labor Government has reached agreement with all 3 generators to participate in the landmark worker transfer scheme to help displaced Hazelwood workers.
The roar of the furnaces, the rattle of the conveyors, and the occasional whoop of a siren marked out both day and night at Hazelwood. The distant hum has settled to a whisper.
Hazelwood closure is most potent symbol of an energy market that has failed consumers. The future is localised generation, and faster, cleaner, cheaper power. The incumbents need to learn to adapt, and so do the politicians.
Australia is closing one of the world’s dirtiest coal power plants. Witness Hazelwood’s emissions disappear before your eyes.
With Hazelwood set to close, Andrews government unveils $5m scheme to install solar PV, hot water at 1,000 Latrobe Valley homes.