The dirtiest power station in Australia – and by some estimates the dirtiest among the world’s developed countries – the 1.5GW Hazelwood brown coal generator in Victoria is to close in five months after its owners finally bowed to the inevitable.
Staff at the Latrobe Valley generator were told this morning that the facility would close on March 31 next year. Its majority owner, the French energy giant Engie, is also looking to sell the nearby Loy Yang B coal plant also in Victoria, as well as the Kwinana gas power station in WA – although it will remain in Australia to focus on gas and retail markets, as well as large-scale wind and solar and battery storage.
Hazelwood is not the first coal generator to close in recent years, but it is the most symbolic because of its size, its history and its critical role in providing 20 per cent of the state’s power. But age has caught up with the 50 year-old facility, and so have technological advances and environmental concerns.
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