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“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

Climate Action Moreland goes national

It was late January when Climate Action Moreland decided that this year we were going to embrace the Hazelwood campaign, and push ourselves into an activity that we’d never tried before – doorknocking house to house. In this double election year, we knew this was the time to take our message out there, to the streets and the people of Brunswick (watch the video here).

Climate Action Moreland members at the Hazelwood protest Sept 2009

And not only has our campaign been successful in Brunswick, but it’s now spread throughout Melbourne and Australia. Inspired by the depth of community support for our campaign in Brunswick, climate action groups around the country are using our doorknocking techniques in their local areas, groups like Climate Action Newtown and Parramatta Climate Action Now in Sydney, as well as our neighbours Darebin Climate Action Now, Yarra Climate Action Now, and Inner West Climate Change Community. (more…)

June 15, 2010 at 10:36 am Leave a comment

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

In 2005 WWF Australia named Hazelwood the “most polluting of all power stations operating in the world’s major industrialised countries”. At the same time the Victorian Government stated its intention to reduce the State’s greenhouse gas emissions by up to 8.3 megatonnes a year by 2012. That’s less than two years away and it is every increasingly apparent that the state government has no intention of taking serious action on climate change. You can not have your coal cake and eat it!

Hazelwood from above

Hazelwood power station and open-cut brown coal mine (Click image for more detail)

A Victorian disgrace

If being the home to Australia’s dirtiest polluter wasn’t enough encouragement for the Brumby government to take action against the brown coal dependent industrial dinosaur of a bygone era, you would have thought that Hazelwood being responsible for over 15% of Victoria’s carbon pollution (not to mention 3% of Australia’s), would hit home that the monster needs to be replaced. (more…)

April 11, 2010 at 2:41 pm Leave a comment

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