Yallourn, Hazelwood power stations have enough coal to operate until early 2030s say power generators - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Two power generators in Victoria's Latrobe Valley have confirmed they have enough coal to operate for about another two decades. Last week, AGL announced it would close its coal-fired generators, including Loy Yang A, which employs 700 people, by 2050.
The recent NSW election has put the spotlight on the State Government’s prioritising of vested interests ahead of public health, according to Jude Page, NSW branch president of the PHAA. The health impacts of polluting motorways, coal mine expansions, and coal seam gas exploration deserve far greater scrutiny and action, she argues.
One of AGL’s biggest coal-fired power stations is Loy Yang in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, which uses brown coal and supplies about 30 per cent of Victoria’s power needs. The adjacent open cut coal mine produces about 30 million tonnes of coal each year.
Independent analysis carried out by researchers at Harvard University and released by Environment Victoria has revealed that coal power stations in Victoria are costing the public billions of dollars in health and environmental damage each year.
an analysis by two Harvard fellows has attempted to cost the unseen impact of the plant's emissions. Adapting work by the US National Academy of Science, they estimated it is about $900 million a year.
Data from the National Pollutant Inventory reported a 786 per cent jump in fine dust particle emissions from the mine between 2013 and 2014 and ranked it as the eighth highest emitter of coarse dust particles – a 120 per cent increase on the previous year.
The marginal abatement cost curve (MAC) summarises our estimate of the realistic volume and costs of opportunities to reduce GHG emissions.
AGL Energy Ltd, Australia's No.2 power retailer and its biggest carbon polluter, said on Friday it would not buy any more coal-fired power stations and would close all its existing coal-fired power plants by 2050.
Synapse’s Coal Asset Valuation Tool (CAVT) is a spreadsheet-based database and model that determines the future economic viability of coal units.
AGL, the country's largest greenhouse gas emitter, has vowed to close all its existing coal-fired power stations by 2050 and will not build or buy new conventional plants in the meantime. The company, which emits about 40 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, has a key role in gradually reducing emissions while providing secure and affordable electricity, Andrew Vesey, the company's chief executive, said.
Glencore announced earlier this year they would cut approximately 15 per cent from their Australian coal production (mostly thermal), estimated at around 15 million tonnes this year, which was to result in the loss of around 120 jobs.
Toxic emissions reported from EnergyAustralia and Origin's dirty power stations increased by more than 500 per cent during the last year. Toxic emissions from AGL's dirty power stations are now 20 times higher than five years ago.
Minerals Council says coal industry is working hard to improve air quality - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The Minerals Council has rejected a call from a Hunter Valley healthy environment group for load-based pollution licensing of the region's coal mines.
AGL, EnergyAustralia and Origin Energy are among the worst polluting operators in Australia, according to a new report released today, with their coal-fired electricity production massive multiples of their green energy generation.
Some of the public health burden associated with the coal industry and coal-fired power plants recently had some new light shed on it, via a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The new study found that long-term improvements in air quality were strongly associated with better respiratory function amongst children during their critical growth years. This new work (you can find it here) examined lung development in adolescents aged 11–15 in Southern California, over the course of the last 20 years — during a period of time when implemented air pollution controls greatly improved the air quality of the region.
Enviro group pushes for load-based licensing for Hunter coal mines - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
An Upper Hunter environment group has launched a push for the region's coal mines to have load-based licensing in a bid to reduce air pollution.
Big energy companies operating behind 'smokescreen of sustainability' – GetUp | Environment | The Guardian
Emissions of toxic pollution by EnergyAustralia and Origin Energy have increased by more than 500% in the past financial year, and AGL has become the country’s biggest carbon polluter, a new study claims.
MACKAY has been named among the 'hot spots' for air pollution in Australia. A report based on National Pollutant Inventory data claims air pollution is responsible for more deaths than traffic accidents. In the Bowen Basin, the report claimed, two open-cut mines near Moranbah were among the worst polluting coal mines in Australia.
THE impact of coal mining on the Hunter’s air quality needs to be recognised in the forthcoming National Clean Air Agreement, environmentalists believe. Community concerns about air quality are mentioned once in the discussion paper Working towards a national clean air agreement, which is currently open for public comment.