Hazelwood's closure shows industry and government must plan ahead for climate change
When Hazelwood stops generating electricity this week, it will be the first Australian power station to close, at least in part, because of climate change. Hazelwood’s owner, French energy giant Engie, has said it is "making climate a priority" and has committed to retiring its most outdated coal plants worldwide.
Hazelwood’s closure will bring the total to nine coal power stations in Australia that have retired in the last five years – including the Port Augusta power stations in South Australia, the Munmorah and Wallerawang power stations in New South Wales and the smaller Energy Brix and Anglesea power stations in Victoria. It's a clear indication the global industrial transition from coal to renewable energy across the world has reached our shores.
Like all such transitions, this one will involve a big upheaval for the affected workers, but never before has an industrial transition had so much else at stake. Never before has the end of one industry been so essential to the wellbeing of the rest of society.
Monday, April 24, 2017
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