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Australia reviews decision to close largest coal-fired power station

  • 7 months ago (2023-09-06)
  • David Flin
Australasia 51 Coal 273

The New South Wales Government in Australia said that it will discuss the possibility of keeping Australia’s largest coal-fired power station open beyond its planned closure in 2025.

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Eraring Power Station, north of Sydney, supplies around 25 per cent of power for the state of New South Wales. It had been planned to close the plant in August 2025 to help meet emissions targets and spur the transition to cleaner energy sources. However, a recent policy review found parts of the state’s energy transition plan faced problems and that “the likelihood of success is low.”

Penny Sharpe, Energy Minister for New South Wales, said the administration had accepted the recommendation and would enter talks with the owner of Eraring, Origin Energy . She said: “The case for Origin Energy to extend its timeframe for Eraring is there.”

Australia has pledged to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Currently, its carbon dioxide emissions per person are amongst the highest in the world.