MONDAY 20 SEPTEMBER, 2010 |
Hazelwood Power Station A Lemon
Frustrated by a lack of progress on the closure of Hazelwood power station in
Victoria, said to be one of the world's filthiest coal fired power generation
plants, protestors have taken their message to the station's new owners.
Yesterday morning, members from Switch Off Hazelwood Switch On Renewable
arrived on French company GDF Suez's doorstep at Rialto Towers, 525 Collins St,
Melbourne with a box of lemons and a letter outlining their grievances.
The group plans a larger rally at Hazelwood power station on October 10, the
International Day of Climate Action.
According to event organiser Carey Priest, "Premier Brumby has said he
might close one quarter of Hazelwood by 2014, but vague partial promises are no
substitute for actual commitment - if you want jobs, if you care about the
future, then it's time to switch off Hazelwood, and switch on renewable
The plant was due to be decommissioned in 2005 and the new owners aren't
necessarily opposed to closing
either; pending appropriate financial incentives along with
investment in new jobs and industries in the Latrobe Valley.
on the ABC states Premier John Brumby has indicated the negotiations
will take some time and discussions will get under way in the next few months.
Closure of the Hazelwood power station would make a significant contribution to
greenhouse gas reduction in Victoria. Green group Environment Victoria says the
replacement of the plant would slash Victoria’s greenhouse gas pollution by 12
percent. Hazelwood is also reportedly the single highest emitter of dioxins in
Earlier this year, Environment Victoria released a report stating that Hazelwood
could be replaced
with clean and renewable energy
power generation as early as the end of
2012, creating up to 2500 construction jobs and 2300 ongoing jobs in the
With State elections soon to be held in Victoria, the issue of Hazelwood's
closure may feature more heavily in the time ahead.
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