Imagine a wealthy state like Victoria being home to one of the dirtiest power station in the industrialized world. You’d think that was impossible wouldn’t you? Unfortunately its not, which is why we’re campaigning for the closure of Hazelwood power station and its replacement with cleaner, greener alternatives.
Hazelwood power station is one dirty brown coal burning beast. It pumps out over 16 million tonnes of greenhouse pollution each year. That’s almost 15 percent of Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions and 3 percent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, all on its own. And it uses a whopping 27 billion litres of water a year. That’s almost as much water as the whole of Melbourne uses in a month! Yep. And that’s just the start of it. Get even more dirty details on this old clunker
On 5 September 2012 the government walked away from negotiations to replace our dirtiest power stations including Hazelwood, claiming that the power stations are placing too high a price on their assets. If our dirtiest power stations are too profitable to close, why on earth are we paying billions to prop them up?
The government decision to abandon their promise to close power stations including Hazelwood as part of the Contracts for Closure program was a big disappointment. The good news is that there are alternatives to polluting coal. And we can still Replace Hazelwood with clean, safe and reliable energy for the future.
Before the government's announcement we released a report that shows how Hazelwood can be replaced within two years using a combination of renewable energy, energy efficiency and as a transition fuel, gas. All while maintaining energy security, cutting Victoria's greenhouse pollution by 12 percent and creating more jobs than Hazelwood currently provides.
To find all the news on this campaign in one spot, there’s no better place than right here
Watch our YouTube VIDEO from when we launched the campaign. View it
Check out our advert published in the Melb Weekly Times and Port Philip Weekly on Wednesday, 3 November 2010. View it here
Watch our footage of our Punt Road Billboard going up! Check it out
We've released a report that shows how Hazelwood can be replaced as soon as the end of 2012.All while maintaining energy security, cutting Victoria's greenhouse pollution by 12 percent and creating more jobs than Hazelwood currently provides. Check it out
A number of other studies have shown how Hazelwood’s electricity generation could be replaced by cleaner sources. For instance see Towards Victoria’s clean energy future
Visit the Replace Hazelwood website