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Possible Closure of Hazlewood Power Station

Posted by Peter, on May 26, 2016

French energy giant, Engie, has flagged the potential closure of the Hazelwood brown coal generator in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley – widely believed to be the most polluting power plant in the OECD.  Continue reading »

New Zealand to Be Coal Free by 2018

Posted by Peter, on August 10, 2015

Coal-fired electricity generation will be coming to an end in New Zealand by December 2018. Genesis Energy, which is based in Texas, has announced that the country’s two remaining coal-burning electricity generators at its Huntly Power Station are to be permanently closed in 2018. New Zealand already relies on renewable energy for most of its […]  Continue reading »

Australian Institutions Financial Support for Fossil Fuel

Posted by Peter, on June 18, 2015

Government The Australian Government provides several subsidies aimed explicitly at promoting fossil-fuel exploration and production. In total, these subsidies are worth between $2.9 and $3.5 billion each year. According to a report by Oil Change International and the Overseas Development Institute, in 2013/13 and 2013/14, these Commonwealth Government subsidies were: Exploration development incentive: $23 to […]  Continue reading »

BHP Scraps Plans for Coal Port

Posted by Peter, on November 4, 2013

BHP Billiton has scrapped plans to build a major new coal port near Bowen on the Queensland coast The company has announced that it will not go ahead with plans to develop terminal two at the Abbot Point port as well as an accompanying rail line that would have taken coal from mines to the […]  Continue reading »

Warning That Coal Could Soon Be Worthless

Posted by Peter, on July 5, 2013

The Citi banking group has issued a warning to investors that Australia's huge coal industry is a speculative bubble ripe for financial implosion if the world's governments fulfill their commitments to act on climate change. The banking giant warned that fossil fuel companies can do little to avoid future loss of shareholder value.as much of […]  Continue reading »

Coal Falls to Lowest Ever Energy Market Share

Posted by Peter, on March 13, 2013

According to a report by the infrastructure consulting Pitt & Sherry, electricity supplied by coal-fired generators in the Australian National Electricity Market has fallen nearly 16% in just over two years, from the year ending December 2010 to the year ending February 2013, dropping below 75% for the first time in Australian history.. The fall […]  Continue reading »

BHP: Coal Usage to Decline “And Frankly It Should”

Posted by Peter, on December 12, 2012

During an announcement of plans to reinforce infrastructure around its Hay Point coal terminal in Queensland, Marcus Randolph, the head of BHP Billiton's coal operations, explained that the company would "rebuild the facility to be more durable to climate change". He said that “As we see more cyclone-related events . . . the vulnerability of one of […]  Continue reading »

Coal-fired Power Units To Be Taken Offline

Posted by Peter, on October 15, 2012

Reduced demand, and the need to reduce carbon emissions, have forced the closure of half of the 1,400 megawatt capacity of the Tarong Power Station in Queensland. Two of the coal-fired power stations four generation units are being closed. Dennis Franklin, Managing Director of state-owned Stanwell Corp which operates the power station, said that the […]  Continue reading »

Plans to Close Dirty Coal Power Stations Scrapped

Posted by Peter, on September 5, 2012

The Government plan to close down 2,000 megawatts of Australia's dirtiest power stations has been scrapped. In July 2011, the Government announced a plan to compensate power generation companies to close down some of their dirtiest coal-fired power stations. But Resources Minister, Martin Ferguson, now says the talks have failed to agree on the appropriate […]  Continue reading »

Annual Health Cost of Coal-Fired Power: $2.6 billion

Posted by Peter, on August 15, 2012

According to a recent Report by the Climate Institute and the Climate & Health Alliance, coal-fired power generation in Australia carries a human health cost – from associated respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous system diseases – of $2.6 billion annually. The Report says that the mining and combustion of coal carries serious and well understood risks […]  Continue reading »

Funding for Coal Power Station Withdrawn

Posted by Peter, on July 27, 2012

The Federal Government has withdrawn funding for a proposed brown coal-fired power station in Victoria's Latrobe Valley. In 2007, the Howard government allocated $101 million to the power company HRL towards a coal drying and gasification plant. The 600 megawatt plant was intended to produce power using brown coal and gas turbines. This would emit […]  Continue reading »

WA Ends Margaret River Coal Mining Applications

Posted by Peter, on July 24, 2012

The Western Australian Government has moved to prevent future coal mining in the Margaret River area by terminating all pending applications for coal exploration. After months of community protests, the Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Norman Moore, has terminated all current applications within a 230-square kilometre zone at Margaret River. There had been 25 applications […]  Continue reading »

NSW Dirtiest Power Station Closed

Posted by Peter, on July 4, 2012

Munmorah Power Station, the dirtiest coal-fired power station in New South Wales, has been permanently closed. Although the power station's operator, Delta Electricity, said that the introduction of the carbon price was the final factor in its closure, Munmorah has not been operated for two years because of high operating costs and reduced demand for […]  Continue reading »

Happy Carbon Day!

Posted by Peter, on July 1, 2012

To mark the introduction of a price on carbon in Australia, and as a reminder of what it's for, we're cross-posting a 2010 video clip from our sister site, GreenBiz Cafe.  Continue reading »

Govt to Pay Power Stations’ Carbon Tax

Posted by Peter, on April 2, 2012

The Commonwealth Government has announced the amounts of assistance that it will be paying to power staions to help them cope with the carbon price legislation. Australia’s dirtiest  coal-fired power station are the brown coal stations in the La Trobe Valley – Hazelwood, Yallourn and Loy Yang A and B. They emit an estimated total […]  Continue reading »

How Many People Does Aussie Coal Kill? (Infographic)

Posted by Peter, on March 16, 2012

Pollution from power plants fuelled by Australian coal kills an estimated 12,400 people a year. Click on the image to view the full sized infographic (pdf). See below for an explanation of how that figure was obtained. Explanation: According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (and GreenBiz Cafe’s video clip), the average 500 megawatt coal-fired […]  Continue reading »

U.S. Coal Power Plants Closing – Will Australia’s Follow?

Posted by Peter, on February 4, 2012

In less than one week, eight U.S. coal-fired powr plants, representing 4,099 megawatts of capacity, have been earmarked for closure or have been stopped by the courts due to environmental concerns. First Energy has announced that it will close six plants with a total capacity of 2,689 megawatts. Dominion Resources is to close a 515 […]  Continue reading »

Experts Predict Solar Parity with Coal This Decade

Posted by Peter, on December 1, 2011

Wu Dacheng, the Vice Chairman and Secretary General of the China Photovoltaic Society, has predicted that, in China, the price of electricity generated by solar PV will reach parity with commercial and industrial supply from coal-fired power plants in 2014. Chinese households pay less for their electricity than commercial users. Wu Dacheng believes that the […]  Continue reading »

Huge Subsidies for Coal-Fired Power

Posted by Peter, on November 16, 2011

Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern oil-producing states are making big investments in solar energy despite having huge oil reserves. The reason is simply that they can get a better price for their oil on the world market than its value as fuel for their local power stations. Australia is taking the opposite path. For […]  Continue reading »

Coal Power Stations Seek Funds to Close

Posted by Peter, on October 28, 2011

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. […]  Continue reading »

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