Victoria pioneering climate #justtransition package for #Hazelwood coal workers reports @takvera

A special $20 million worker transfer package was announced today for workers affected by the closure of Engie’s Hazelwood Power Station. This will allow early retirement for workers at other LaTrobe Power stations creating places for Hazelwood workers that want to continue their careers in power generation. This transfer package is an important component of a suite of support mechanisms being put into place for the community, a part of a just transition being pioneered by the Victorian government driven by the necessity to move to zero carbon emissions by climate change. “We will always stand up for the Latrobe Valley and with the worker transfer scheme for Hazelwood workers, […]

#Climate win: #Hazelwood closing end of March 2017 reports @takvera

Republished from Climate Action Moreland: 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. In comes after rumours over the closure for several months, and Josh Frydenberg meeting representatives of Engie and […]

Frydenberg in #Hazelwood power station closure talks with Engie in Paris reports @takvera

Josh Frydenberg, Australian Energy and Environment Minister, was in Paris this week to meet with the Management of Engie, the owners of the Hazelwood coal fired Power station. It has been rumoured Hazelwood may close down as soon as April 2017, and Engie is under pressure from the French state to disengage from coal. The French state owns a one third share of Engie. Engie, trading as GDF SUEZ/ Australian Energy, is listed as the third highest carbon polluter in Australia by the Australian Conservation Foundation. In the 2014-2015 year Hazelwood Hazelwood was responsible for 15.5 MT CO2-e of emissions. It’s emissions intensity was 1.4 Tonnes CO2/MWh. (See Australia’s Biggest […]

Hazelwood closure or sale mooted by Engie CEO, under pressure of French Government reports @takvera

Engie’s CEO Isabelle Kocher told a French Senate Committee on May 25th the company was considering closure or sale of the Hazelwood Power Station in the LaTrobe Valley of Victoria. “For the Hazelwood plant, we are studying all possible scenarios, including closure, or a sale if the state of Victoria tells us that it cannot meet power generating needs without this plant,” Kocher said, according to a Reuters report. As the French state is a major owner of Engie, Minister of Ecology Ségolène Royal announced on French TV on May 25th that Engie would “disengage” from the Hazelwood plant. During the interview the Minister was presented with a postcard by […]

Victoria increases #coal mine rehabilitation bonds in response to #Hazelwood mine fire reports @takvera

This is a repost of an article by John Englart published at Climate Action Moreland. On Friday 15th April Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced in Morwell the Victorian government’s response to the final landmark inquiry into the 2014 Hazelwood Mine Fire. This response 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 brown 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 […]

Doctors prescribe LaTrobe Valley #coal closure for our health and a safe #climate reports @takvera

Over 300 health professionals have signed an open letter calling on the Victorian Premier to urgently nominate a time frame for closing down the harmful coal-fired power plants in the Latrobe Valley, and developing a transition plan for the local community. The letter was delivered to Parliament on Tuesday 5th April 2016. The Parliamentary Secretary for Health Mary-Anne Thomas accepted the letter on the Premier’s behalf. The Latrobe Valley’s four ageing power plants need to be retired, and a plan needs to be put into place to ensure a just and healthy transition away from the coal industry for the local communities, to protect their future health and economic prosperity. […]

#Hazelwood owner #Engie stops new #coal investment reports @takvera

There has been a campaign to close down the aging and highly polluting Hazelwood coal mine and power station for several years. Hazelwood’s French owner GDF Suez recently rebranded itself as Engie and in their latest announcement declared they would stop investing in new coal plants. But they refused to give any changed undertaking regarding operating plants such as Hazelwood and Loy Yang B power stations in the La Trobe Valley of Victoria. [View the story “#Hazelwood owner #Engie stops new #coal investment” on Storify]

Latrobe Valley: Finding Hope in #Morwell at #climate ground zero – @takvera

On Saturday I dragged myself out of bed early to catch a 7am train to Southern Cross station. I had committed myself to journeying with a party of Greens supporters, including the State MP for Melbourne Ellen Sandell and the Federal MP Adam Bandt, to the town of Morwell in the heart of the LaTrobe Valley. This is where much of Victoria’s electricity is generated from three huge thermal power station complexes and three huge open cut mines where lignite is easily extracted. I travelled to Morwell to listen to members of the local community on the future of coal, and their concerns over health and economic transitioning. Some of […]

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 […]