First Victorian #coal domino falls: @takvera reports on Alcoa #Anglesea power Station closure

While renewables are being encouraged by the Andrews Government with the proposal for a Victorian Renewable Energy Target, the first domino in Victoria’s brown coal fired power industry has succumbed. Alcoa announced this week it would be closing it’s 50MW high sulphur dioxide polluting coal fired power station and mine at Anglesea at the end of August, 2015. Since the Alcoa Port Henry Aluminium Smelter closed in 2014, which used all the power generated and more, this power station has been targeted for closure by the local community in particular the Surf Coast Air Action group, saying the social licence and justification has ended. SCAA spokesperson Andrew Laird said in […]

Why is it so hard to close down Victoria’s dirtiest #coal power Stations? asks @Takvera

Over 200 people rallied at lunchtime on the steps of the Victorian Parliament house to kickstart a campaign (again) to shut down Hazelwood and Anglesea coal fired power stations. Greens MLA Ellen Sandell made a statement to parliament during the morning (see bottom of article) calling on the Labor Government, led by Premier Daniel Andrews, to step up on climate action and phase-out these two ageing and very polluting power plants. Here are excerpts of Ellen Sandell speaking to those on the parliament house steps: But the present Labor Government has been conspicuously silent on the issue. Why do I say again? Because between 2010 and 2012 there was a […]

Anglesea community want Alcoa coal mine shut down: @takvera reports

Anglesea residents want to see the Alcoa owned power station and coal mine they have suffered with for the last 50 years closed down. Since Alcoa has closed the Port Henry Aluminium Smelter the last justification for the mine and power station has ended. The coal mine and power station no longer has a social licence to operate according to the Surf Coast Air Action community group. Victoria currently has a surplus of generating capacity and we don’t need the power from the highly polluting Anglesea power station. I joined several hundred people in a protest at Anglesea on Sunday 10 August, located at the skatepark. It was a big […]