The Australian Government has called for expressions of interest to close down 2,000 megawatts of the nation’s dirtiest power generation by 2020.

International Power – GDF Suez, the owners of the Hazelwood and Yallourn power stations have applied.

The Hazelwood Power Station has a capacity of 1,600 megwatts and supplies about 25% of Victoria’s electricity. It is the dirtiest power station Australia and (according to the World Wildlife Fund) the least efficient power station in the OECD. It is responsible for 2.8% of Australia’s CO2 emissions.

Yallourn Power Station has a capacity of 1,450 megawatts. Carbon Monitoring for Action estimates that this power station emits 11.5 million tonnes of greenhouse gases each year as a result of burning brown coal from a nearby open-cut mine which is the largest in Australia.

The owners of three smaller power stations have also applied:

  • the 170 megawatt Energy Brix brown coal power station at Morwell in Victoria;
  • the 240 megawatt Playford power station at Port Augusta in South Australia; and
  • and the 190 megawatt Collinsville power plant, south of Townsville in Queensland..