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A new coal fired power station for Victoria?

Premier Brumby must be an unhappy man right now. Less than two months after he announces his commitment to reduce Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, Chinese owned company HRL fronts up to the Environment Protection Authority asking for it to approve their ‘syngas’ coal fired power station in Morwell in the La Trobe valley.

For Brumby, kicking the coal habit is seeming a hard thing to do

The HRL proposal has been on the table for years and the Victorian government has committed $50 million to the project. Officially it’s clean coal technology, because the power station will burn natural gas to turn brown coal into synthetic gas. (more…)

September 27, 2010 at 8:34 pm Leave a comment

Switch off Hazelwood

World Enviroment Day is 10/10/10 this year. And what better way to help the environment than to help replace the most polluting power station in the industrialised world with clean, green – renewable energy.

That’s right CAMsters – it Switch Off Hazelwood time. Last year hundreds of people traveled to the Latrobe Valley to issue the operators of Australia’s largest single source of carbon pollution with a “Community Decommission” order. It was a great fun filled family day with plenty of action from the Carbon Cops, Wombat Warriors, Radical Cheerleaders, Ministers for Energy Resources and Silly Walks, and the Climate Clowns. Check out the ‘flickr photos‘ page from last year. (more…)

September 27, 2010 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

Morelanders protest government stance on dirty power giant

Locals conduct massive door-knocking campaign, put pressure on ALP candidate

Members of a local community group will protest on Sydney Road on Saturday as part of an ongoing campaign to replace Australia’s dirtiest power station at Hazelwood in the La Trobe valley. Community groups around the country are mobilising to call for the closing of Hazelwood, and Climate Action Moreland has played a crucial role in putting pressure on State and Federal politicians. (more…)

July 16, 2010 at 8:42 am Leave a comment

Brumby can’t see the world’s biggest polluter through the smokestacks!

The problem is Hazelwood but Brumby can’t see the solution

Deep thinking Brumby

Our campaign to close the Hazelwood power station is working. How else would you explain the Brumby government, four months out from the State election, leaking to the Age that they are contemplating closing one quarter of Hazelwood? But … one quarter? That’s only half of half the job!

The announcement is big news and shows that all our efforts are really making a difference. It shows that grassroots campaigning, like door knocking and holding community stalls, is really successful. (more…)

July 11, 2010 at 12:12 pm 1 comment

“Replace Hazelwood” says local Federal MP to Parliament

Local Federal MP Kelvin Thompson has called on the Federal Parliament to support replacing Australia’s dirtiest power station. “Australians are hungry for action to tackle carbon emissions” stated Thompson, who acknowledged that he has been contacted by many of his constituents urging “strong, effective, urgent action” to reduce emissions.

Kelvin Thomson

Kelvin Thomson

Thompson championed Environment Victoria’s report: Fast-tracking Victoria’s clean energy future to replace Hazelwood power station, which outlines a plan for transitioning to other energy sources by 2013. He noted that “replacing Hazelwood will not only cut Victoria’s carbon emissions by over 10 per cent; it will free up 27 billion litres of water each year”. (more…)

July 10, 2010 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

Hazelwood power station – A brief history

Everything you wanted to know about Hazelwood, but was afraid to ask.

THE EARLY YEARS
Vintage photo of Hazelwood power station from the sky

47 years of pollution.

1949 – The State Electricity Commission of Victoria (SECV) begins developing the brown coal reserves at Morewell, also known as the ‘Morwell Project’.

1959 Hazelwood Power Station is approved. It’s planned to consist of six 200 MW generating units, giving a total generating capacity of 1,200 MW.

1963 Growing demand for electricity forces the SECV to review this capacity.

1964 Hazelwood begins its commission.

1965 Approval of two additional units is granted.

1971 After twelve years Hazelwood is finally fully functional producing 1,600 megawatts of base load electricity. (more…)

June 15, 2010 at 12:28 pm 4 comments

Door-knocking success with Hazelwood campaign

40 supporters of Climate Action Moreland have door-knocked and leafleted more than 2500 Brunswick homes to launch a new strategy to engage the community on climate issues in this key election year.

The door-knocking, on 17 April and 2 May, will continue at least once a month, with a focus on the campaign to replace Hazelwood power station, the dirtiest in the developed world. It was supposed to close in 2005, but the government extended its licence for another 25 years. Hazelwood is a national embarrassment, 80% foreign owned and responsible for 3% of Australia’s and almost 15% of Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate Action Moreland wants it shut down by 2012 and replaced with renewable energy. We want the government to make shutting down Hazelwood an election promise, but they’ll only do that if we can show there is real community concern on the issue.  So we’re taking the issue to the streets of Brunswick… door by door! (more…)

May 11, 2010 at 3:13 pm 1 comment

Replace Hazelwood With Renewable Energy Video

Thanks to Andrew at The Vagabond magazine for putting together this fantastic video. It shows volunteers from Climate Action Moreland, 100% Renewable Energy and the Climate Action Centre door knocking in Brunswick to demand that Hazelwood, the most polluting coal-fired power station in the developed world, be replaced with renewable energy.

May 6, 2010 at 9:49 pm 3 comments

Important message from a HUNGRY BEAST – Australian Coal Association TVC

October 13, 2009 at 10:22 pm Leave a comment

Hazelwood and the action

October 4, 2009 at 5:20 pm Leave a comment

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