News | 1st Jun, 2012

Green group confident of power station closures

1 June 2012

Environment Victoria believes the Federal Government's power station closure plans are on track, despite doubts raised by the Federal Opposition.

The Government is negotiating contracts for closure with the owners of five power stations, including the Hazelwood, Yallourn and Energy Brix stations.

The federal Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester, said this week he does not think the Government will meet its original deadline to secure a deal by the end of this month.

Mark Wakeham from Environment Victoria met Government representatives in Canberra this week and believes a deal is close to being finalised.

"The negotiations are in their final stages," he said.

"We would like to see an outcome by June 30. If it takes a week or two longer than that we're not going to be overly concerned.

"We're more concerned with the outcome and that the Government follows through on their very clear commitment to replace the equivalent of one large and two small power stations in the contract for closure process.

"We're hopeful and confident that there will be an announcement to replace the equivalent of one large and two small power stations.

"That announcement will happen in the next month or so but the replacement wouldn't happen for some years to come, so there is plenty of time to plan transition and new industries for places like the Latrobe Valley." 


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