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Hazelwood closure equates to the average cost of upgrading to an energy efficient light globe.

Our member Andrea Bunting had a letter published in the Age last week (December 15) which brought some perspective to all the debate about how much the closure of Hazelwood would mean to the regular person.

The figure of $78 per year, on average, added to household electricity bills, has been bandied about.

Ms Bunting points out this is about the saving you get when she upgraded a bulb in a security light from incandescent to a more energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulb, or switching of appliances around the house at the power point when not used.
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December 20, 2016 at 6:02 pm Leave a comment

Climate win: Hazelwood closing end of March 2017

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The official announcement of Hazelwood’s future has been made by French company Engie on the eve of the Paris Agreement coming into force and the start of the UN climate conference COP22: Hazelwood will close by end of March 2017.

Hazelwood is Australia’s, indeed the industrial world’s, most polluting power station.

We should celebrate this as a definite climate win. Climate Action Moreland, along with many other community groups, have been campaigning for closure of Hazelwood with a just transition for the workers and community since 2009.

Now we need a co-ordinated state and national plan to manage the energy transition to ensure just outcomes for workers and communities. There are more jobs in total in renewables, but they are unlikely to be in the same places as existing coal dependant communities. So we need to assist communities in this transition.
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November 3, 2016 at 5:51 pm 1 comment

CAM members participate in Croissants Not Coal #Hazelwood action

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A few Climate Action Moreland members participated on Tuesday morning in a breakfast protest outside Engie’s local offices in Melbourne, calling for an early decision by Engie’s board to shut down the Hazelwood Power Station, one of the most polluting power stations in the industrial world.

Hazelwood is the worst polluting power station in the industrialised world. Other power stations in the La Trobe Valley are also heavy polluters. Current emissions intensity for Brown coal (lignite) in Victoria, Australia:

  • Hazelwood 1.56TonneCO2/MWh,
  • Yallourn 1.49TonneCO2/MWh,
  • Loy Yang A 1.28TonneCO2/MWh, and
  • Loy Yang B 1.24 tonneCO2/MWh

Need more background? Read our Hazelwood Primer or our Hazelwood Brief History.
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September 14, 2016 at 1:42 pm Leave a comment

Hazelwood in French spotlight: French Minister and ENGIE CEO signal likely closure

Postcard from Hazelwood to France Segolene Royal

Postcard from Hazelwood to France’s Minister for Ecology Segolene Royal

The Andrews Government needs to be working on transition planning for the LaTrobe Valley communities with the latest news from France that French company Engie is considering closure or sale of Hazelwood. The company’s major shareholder is the French state and French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal said on France TV that Engie needs to “disengage” with coal.

The Minister for Resources, Wade Noonan, commented: “The Government has been in contact with the mine’s owner Engie about this matter and I’m advised that no decision has been made,” Mr Noonan said. “Those discussions will continue. As the state’s new Resources Minister I look forward to meeting with the Latrobe Valley’s coal generators as well as local residents to discuss these issues.” as reported by the ABC.

If the Minister’s comments reflect the broader government attitude, it is a poor reflection on the ill-preparedness in the Victorian government for a just energy transition, especially after their April announcements following the mine fire inquiry recommendations.
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May 27, 2016 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

Victorian Coal royalties increase in State Budget

Loy Yang A and B power stations

Loy Yang A and B power stations

The Andrews Government will increase coal royalties in the 2015/16 budget to approximately match the rate levied in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia. This should be welcomed.

The rate will increase three fold from January 1st 2017 and is estimated to raise $252 million over the forward estimates over the next 4 years.

This will prove useful for helping to fund the health support for the LaTrobe Valley, as well as health and education expenditure for the state. $51.2 million was promised in the state budget to implement the recommendations of the Mine Fire Inquiry and improving health outcomes for the Valley.
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April 25, 2016 at 5:07 pm Leave a comment

La Trobe Valley coal mine rehabilitation bonds increased to $254 million

Premier Daniel Andrews announces response to Mine fire Inquiry in Morwell

Premier Daniel Andrews announces response to Mine fire Inquiry in Morwell


On Friday the Andrews government announced in Morwell it’s response to the final landmark inquiry into the 2014 Hazelwood Mine Fire. This includes an initial $50 million in the Victorian state budget to implement the recommendations, and a major increase in the rehabilitation bonds for the three La Trobe Valley coal mines.

“The people of the Latrobe Valley have been completely vindicated. I’m so proud of their efforts. They never gave up and neither will we.” said Premier Dan Andrews.

The recommendations focus on 3 major areas: improving the health outcomes of the La Trobe Valley community, increased monitoring of air pollution, and improve progressive rehabilitation and end of life mine planning.

It highlights the importance of helping the La Trobe Valley transition away from coal, and in putting in place a just transition for the community. The increased focus on health and mine rehabilitation is a necessary first step for this transition.
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April 19, 2016 at 3:17 pm Leave a comment

Moreland Council supports Build Renewables Replace Hazelwood Campaign

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Moreland Council, at it’s monthly meeting on 9th March 2016, resolved to support Climate Action Moreland’s Build Renewables Replace Hazelwood campaign.

A motion at the council meeting was debated and passed to send a letter to Premier Dan Andrews in support of the campaign.

The motion, passed 7 votes to 2, stated:

“That Council seeks to resolve to provide support for the Climate Action Moreland’s Build Renewable Energy – Replace Hazelwood Campaign by writing to the State Government to replace the Hazelwood power station with renewable energy.”

The action concurrs with other policy action of council including the Moreland CCAP (Community Climate Action Plan), Zero Carbon Evolution (ZCE) 2014 – 2020 plan for community wide greenhouse gas reduction, and the Corporate Carbon Reduction Plan 2015 – 2020 for Council’s own emissions.

March 10, 2016 at 12:42 am Leave a comment

4 March action: tell Premier Dan it’s time to build renewables, replace Hazelwood

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Build renewable energy – Replace Hazelwood
Taking a strong message to Victorian cabinet ministers in the leadup to the May 2016 Victorian State budget
Event: 7.45-9.00am Friday 4 March at cnr Nicholson and Park Sts, North Fitzroy,
plus statement delivery to Jane Garrett, Minister for Emergency Services, 31 Nicholson St, East Brunswick
Register on Facebook Event

On the morning of Friday 4 March, Climate Action Moreland friends and supporters will be taking a strong message to local member and cabinet minister Jane Garrett. It is the first of ten such actions focussing on senior state government ministers telling them its time to act on climate change, energy sources and coal.

It’s time for the Victorian government to fund an ambitious program to build renewable energy and commence the closure of Australia’s dirtiest coal-power stations in the May 2016 State budget, consistent with the Premier’s ambition for Victoria to be the leader in climate policy.
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February 23, 2016 at 5:16 pm Leave a comment

Vote for Hazelwood’s Engie for a Pinocchio Climate Award in Paris

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Engie (formerly GDF Suez) is the majority owner of Hazelwood brown coal mine and power station and other energy assets in the LaTrobe Valley. It is where the 45 day minefire occurred that choked Morwell and much of the valley.

I have just learned that Engie have been nominated for a Pinocchio climate award in the Greenwashing category, although Hazelwood isn’t mentioned in the writeup.

There are 9 companies nominated in total, each of which have a record that violates human rights and pollutes the environment. There are 3 categories: Lobbying, greenwashing, and local impacts on communities. Anything goes in the name of profits!

Engie is a sponsor of the COP21 UN Climate conference in Paris. They recently did an announcement of an intention to stop new coal investment, however there was no mention about the continuing operation of ageing polluting plants like Hazelwood. See my Europe Diary: #Engie stops new #coal investment but continues existing dirty coal plants #Paris2015

You can vote in these awards (probably till end of November 2015), and we hope you will vote for Engie in the Greenwashing category. Engie is competing against EDF and Yarra.

The Awards Ceremony for the Pinocchio Awards will take place on the evening of Dec 3 in Paris.

I’ll try to attend the Awards ceremony, naturally, to report the result live.
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November 8, 2015 at 10:14 am Leave a comment

Tell the government it’s over for coal

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Can you help tell the Victorian government it’s time to close down Hazelwood, Australia’s dirtiest power station?

In conjunction with climate action groups in Yarra and Darebin, CAM has produced postcards to the premier and local MPs.

The cards read: “The Premier says he wants to be a leader on climate change action and renewable energy jobs. That means leaving coal in the ground, not issuing new exploration licences. It means closing Hazelwood, Australia’s dirtiest power station. Hazelwood is no longer required and is crowding out solar and wind investment. Please act now before it is too late.”

Can you help spread the word by letter-boxing your local area, putting the postcards in localshops and cafes, of helping at a street stall?  Please email Mark Riley on markriley@netspace.net.au or ring 0432 030 211.

August 19, 2015 at 4:24 pm 2 comments

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