Nov 03 2016

Hazelwood closure highlights need for clear, national policy

The announced closure of the Hazelwood power station today highlights the need for a clear national energy and climate policy to guide the decarbonisation of Australia’s electricity supply, the energy industry said today.

The Australian Energy Council’s Chief Executive, Matthew Warren, said the announced closure of the more than 50 year old power station will impact on employees and the Latrobe Valley community, but it has been widely speculated for some months and is the closure of a commercial asset at the end of its operating life.

“The fact that there is such widespread concern over today’s announcement reflects the underlying problem: that no one is really sure what is going to happen next,” Mr Warren said.

“The idea of an efficient and reliable transition to a low carbon energy future in Australia is that we have a clear national strategy to continuously reduce emissions from the sector over time, that delivers this change reliably and at the lowest cost.

“Investors should already be well advanced in delivering the right mix of lower emissions generation to replace the 1600MW of capacity which is coming off line in March next year.

“Instead everybody is asking ‘what happens next?’ That is because there is no national plan, which has resulted in investment gridlock and growing uncertainty for business and consumers.

“Large renewable energy targets are already in place in Victoria, but these and other state-based approaches, on their own appear to have little impact in providing the necessary clarity for the energy market.”

 

About the Australian Energy Council

The Council represents 21 major electricity and downstream natural gas businesses operating in competitive wholesale and retail energy markets. These businesses collectively generate the overwhelming majority of electricity in Australia and sell gas and electricity to over 10 million homes and businesses.

Media contact             Carl Kitchen                0401 691 342

Related News

News

Report shows solar continues to shine

Australia's love of solar continues to grow with the latest data showing people are going bigger when to comes to getting rooftop solar.

May 06 2021
News

Energy Council statement on Andrew Reeves

The Australian Energy Council is saddened to learn of the loss of Andrew Reeves, the former chair of the Australian Energy Regulator.

May 05 2021
News

Response to the ESB’s Post 2025 Market Design Options Paper

The Australian Energy Council has welcomed the release of the Energy Security Board's options paper,which is the result of a substantial consultation process.

Apr 30 2021
GET IN TOUCH
Do you have a question or comment for AEC?

Send an email with your question or comment, and include your name and a short message and we'll get back to you shortly.

Call Us
+61 (3) 9205 3100