Will Decarbonising the Hunter Valley Create More Secure Jobs?

As coal mines close, Newcastle environmentalist and founding member of the Hunter Jobs Alliance Georgina Woods is on the frontlines of the fight for sustainable employment.

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New analysis shows Hunter's economic outlook is more unpredictable than most

There are also 82 different jobs in the mining sector, which employs 9,300 workers. Eighty per cent of those workers are employed as drillers, miners, metal fitters, machinists and truck drivers.

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CQUni study finds coal mining ‘increasingly questionable’

CQ University researchers have found the coal mining industry’s lucrative pay packets will be overshadowed by negative long-term costs to regional communities.

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Finding a way forward for coal-reliant communities

As many of us in Victoria's Latrobe Valley have been expecting, EnergyAustralia last week announced that it will be closing the Yallourn coal-fired power plant in 2028, four years earlier than scheduled.

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Australia must take right path on power plant closures

Last week’s announcement that the Yallourn power plant will close earlier than previously expected raises some big questions: will it be replaced in time, and are more such announcements around the corner? The answers have serious implications for not just Victorians but all Australians.

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Coal plant closures loom large as NSW backs hydrogen for the Hunter

The future of NSW’s coal-fired power plants is under increasing threat from cheap renewable energy, which this week forced Victoria’s Yallourn coal plant to bring forward its closure date as analysts warn the end may come even sooner.

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Between a black rock and a hard place

For more than 100 years, Collie has dug up coal. But Australia's demand for the black river of gold is drying up. The lights, the bells, and the boom gate coming down.

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Energy Security Board warns more coal power stations face closure

The Energy Security Board has warned that Australia’s remaining coal fleet could be forced to close earlier than expected.

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Cessnock mines for a future away from coal, as the city's last colliery closes

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Hunter Joint Organisation calls for increased investment to prepare for power station closures

The likely early closure of coal-fired power stations should trigger accelerated diversification investment in the Hunter economy, the Hunter Joint Organisation has argued.

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China expected to favour green tech over coal in new five-year plan

China is today the world’s largest emitter of planet-heating gases, responsible for about 28 per cent of total global emissions.

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No regrets: Hunter Jobs Alliance to launch major report into economic change

The Hunter's economic transformation is being hindered by a 'culture war' over coal and energy policy, a new discussion paper about structural adjustment in the region argues.

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Joel Fitzgibbon doesn’t speak for me or the valley I know

Joel Fitzgibbon has been creating political mayhem by selling a false impression of the Hunter region. His high-profile focus on coal would lead you to believe the Hunter is populated by black-faced, hard hat-wearing underground miners straight out of the 19th century.

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The Business Part 3: Beyond the Coal Economy

How the power of music is being used in one mining town in the Hunter Valley to create the workforce of the future.

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Coal communities deserve honesty about the future: Bowen

Coal is under threat, regardless of what domestic climate change policies Australia adopts, and coal miners and their communities are owed honesty by their political leaders, shadow climate minister Chris Bowen says.

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Hydrogen technology can be used to retrofit ageing coal-fired power stations

The Upper Hunter could be home to a manufacturing plant producing hydrogen-based energy modules that can be retrofitted to large industries, including coal-fired power stations.

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ANZ has abandoned the Port of Newcastle under its new climate change policy

ANZ has abandoned the Port of Newcastle, the world's largest coal export port, under its new climate change policy that all but bans loans to the coal sector.

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Thermal coal exports to steady before a slide

Demand for thermal coal is expected to hold steady until the end of the decade before going into a slow decline out to 2050, with the Port of Newcastle expecting demand for its coal exports to peak about 2027.

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Write-down shows AGL has read the writing on the wall

Last Thursday, AGL Energy notably wrote down the value of their production assets and contracts by $2.7 billion. Origin Energy and the Queensland government’s coal generators similarly wrote down the value of their assets.

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The Business Part 2: Beyond the Coal Economy

Stephen Long investigates how Australia's major thermal coal region is transforming itself for a greener economy.

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New plan for 1200-megawatt battery at Kurri Kurri

A PROJECT billed as the largest proposed grid-scale battery in the world will be built at Kurri Kurri, specialist renewable energy fund CEP Energy has announced.

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Close Of Business Part 1: Beyond The Coal Economy

How can coal mining towns reinvent themselves to create new industries and provide jobs for the future?

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Aurizon shares falter on global coal outlook

A gulf has opened up between Aurizon and the broader sharemarket as the rail haulage group’s investors become more pessimistic about future demand for Australian coal because of more countries slashing carbon emissions.

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Coal-rich Hunter Valley ponders jobs future as Asian giants commit to net-zero carbon emissions

At the Lochinvar pub in the NSW Hunter Valley, a couple of power industry workers meet for a drink and ponder the future.

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How big batteries are a boon for regional Australia

Recent announcements that two big batteries will be built at coal-fired power stations in NSW are great news for the energy system and regional communities across Australia.

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Forrest reveals plan to replace coal with 40,000 green steel jobs

Fortescue Metals Group chairman Andrew Forrest says the time is right for Australia to develop its own big steel-making industry using the nation’s vast iron ore resources and emerging green technologies.

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Coal mining: Hunter, Newcastle, Illawarra could face employment crisis from demand decline

Coal mining communities across NSW could be brought to their knees as governments across the globe prepare for a transition from coal-fuelled energy to renewables. A NSW Parliamentary Research report handed down this week has raised concerns over the impact decreased domestic and international demand on the $25.5 billion local coal industry would have on “highly dependent” cities and towns.

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AGL announces suppliers for grid-scale battery plans

AGL has signed agreements with Finland's Wartsila and US storage provider Fluence for the supply up to 1000 megawatts of grid-scale battery storage.

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What's a 'just transition' and can you switch to green energy without sacking coal workers?

Science says the switch to renewables needs to be fast but workers on the ground say it should also be fair. In the first of our explainer series Future Power, we ask, how did Germany do it? And could Australia really have a 'just transition' too?

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Australian coal shipments to China at standstill amid unresolved trade tensions

No ships left the big ports in Queensland and NSW in December ahead of Beijing resetting coal import quotas for the new year

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Parliamentary inquiry into why banks are abandoning coal will reveal nothing

ANZ was the last of Australia's big four banks to announce it will stop financing thermal coal projects in Australia. The Australian coal industry will now need to head overseas if it wants to borrow funds for new projects, and many government MPs aren't happy.

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Coalition should commit to halving emissions this decade, says conservative thinktank

A report by Blueprint Institute says coal-fired power generation is in ’permanent decline’ and its end is ‘inevitable’

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Coal export earnings tipped to sink by $5b in FY21

The federal government has revised its thermal coal export estimates for this financial year down by 9 million tonnes off the back of restrictions on coal trade with China and is tipping export earnings to sink by $5 billion

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Fossil fuels could be wound back without massive layoffs: report

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If China stops taking Australia's coal, will other countries fill the gap?

Chinese state-owned media appeared to confirm a ban on imports of Australian coal this week.  Australian officials are now trying to figure out how serious the threat is, and its implications.  If China stops taking Australia's coal, will other countries fill the gap? Could Japan, India and South Korea?

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Glencore commits to Hunter region despite closing mines

Glencore has confirmed two of its Hunter Valley mines will close in 2023. The announcement comes during a challenging time for the industry, which is taking a hit from China’s import freeze.

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New Foundation launches to help locals with the creation of jobs and economic growth amid mine and power station closures

A new foundation has launched to assist with the creation of jobs and economic growth in response to scheduled power station and thermal mine closures over the coming decades.

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China's unofficial ban on Australian coal sees exports halt as trade war rages

Thermal coal exports to China from Australia's busiest coal terminal have completely stopped amid escalating trade tensions and an unofficial Chinese ban on Australian coal.

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Glencore takes axe to coal targets but says Australia will be spared

Glencore, one of the world's biggest coal miners, has forecast its global output will fall by more than 25 per cent but its Australian mines will be among the last to close.

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Replacing Liddell with renewables cheaper, cleaner and reliable

Fresh research from energy consultancy Reputex shows investment aligned with the NSW renewables road map will provide a cheaper and lower emissions option to replace AGL's ageing Liddell coal fired power plant compared to the business as usual case and the federal government's preferred gas-peaker option.

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As more countries pledge zero emissions, coal finance evaporates

TOKYO (Reuters) - Financing for coal projects is drying up at ever increasing rates as more countries target zero carbon emissions amid an energy transition sweeping the world, participants at Asia's biggest gathering of the coal industry said on Tuesday.

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India's love affair with coal cools as pressure grows on sector

Funding for coal projects in India has plunged for the second straight year, new figures showed Tuesday, as the world's second biggest coal importer weans itself off the dirty fuel.

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I'm a coal miner and I can't see how Fitzgibbon represents me

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State government's 'pumped hydro' plan endorsed by virtually all MPs but concerns about land and environmental impacts emerge during debate

THE Hunter-Central Coast and the Illawarra are set to become formal Renewable Energy Zones after an amended Electricity Infrastructure Investment Bill was passed in the NSW Parliament lower house, Labor MPs said last night.

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AGL to press pause as NSW powers on

AGL Energy has paused its Newcastle gas plant decision and is reviewing a giant battery investment at Liddell, amid uncertainty around the NSW government’s controversial energy blueprint, in a move that may also nix Scott Morrison’s hopes for 1000 megawatts of new power capacity to be committed in the state by April.

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Coal, energy policy and climate change bring Canberra heavyweights to the Hunter Region

THE Hunter is the centre of national and international political attention over coal, renewables and climate change after Joel Fitzgibbon's explosive exit a week ago from the federal Labor opposition front bench.

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NSW to transform Hunter coal region into state’s next renewable energy zone

The New South Wales government has quietly made a new commitment to transform the now coal-dependent Hunter Region as a hub of new renewable energy and storage projects as part of its broad and ground-breaking plans to transition the state’s grid from coal to renewables.

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Hunter ready to be a power player in state's renewable power vision

If you didn't know it already, there's no better place to be than the Hunter after Energy Minister Matt Kean announced plans to turn NSW into a renewable energy superpower.

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Glencore to lay off contractors at Australia's Hunter Valley on market downturn

Glencore, the world's biggest thermal coal trader, said on Monday it plans to lay off contractors at its coal operations in Australia's New South Wales state due to a prolonged market downturn.

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Amendments will ensure the Hunter is classified as a Renewable Energy Zone

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