Tougher conditions to force mining companies to rehabilitate sites in NSW

Mining companies will be forced to show plans for the ongoing rehabilitation of their mines and to report on their progress as the NSW government moves to tighten rules around environmental management.

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Two in three coal jobs to go in the next 30 years

The global move away from fossil fuels will cost two in three workers their jobs across regions such as the Hunter Valley and central Queensland over the next three decades, according to a report that argues the impact will be even worse without investor support for a fair transition.

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Wind and solar set new production records as they reshape Australia’s grid

Wind and solar have set new production records in Australia’s main grid, for average generation over a quarter, record output in a single interval, and a record renewable energy share of 57 per cent in one interval in April.

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National Electricity Market data puts Kurri Kurri gas plant's viability in question

Fresh doubts have been raised about the viability of the federal government's proposed Kurri Kurri gas peaking plant following the release of new data showing demand for gas is declining.

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Australia has huge potential to develop offshore windfarms near existing substations, report says

Hunter and Latrobe valleys considered particularly suitable sites as union says industry could offer oil and gas workers a career transition

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Japan’s clean energy push a threat to Australian coal, LNG exports

Australia’s gas and coal producers are facing greater uncertainty in their top market as Japan drafts new targets to slash demand for the two fossil fuels by 2030.

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Falling cost of renewables creates coal test for federal government

Output of wind and solar power is at record levels as renewables continue to squeeze fossil fuels from the energy market, new figures reveal, setting up a test for the federal government as re-elected Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce continues to push to prolong coal use.

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Failure to model costs of climate change to coal, gas ‘beggars belief’

Australia’s 40-year economic outlook is forecasting dwindling demand for some of the nation’s most valuable exports including coal and natural gas after China, Japan and South Korea unveiled targets to achieve net-zero emissions.

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Hydrogen in Newcastle: Parliamentary inquiry told governments must move fast

The potential economic and environmental rewards presented by emerging domestic and international hydrogen industries are enormous. But the state and regions such as the Hunter need to move fast to seize those opportunities or they could be lost elsewhere.

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Renewables the priority as coal dominance ends by 2040: AEMO

The operator of the nation’s electricity grid said it is powerless to delay the closure of coal-fired power plants in Australia and warned renewable developers not to cut corners as a wave of new clean generation connects to the system.

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Hunter Jobs Alliance report calls for the Hunter statutory authority to create jobs

A new report has endorsed the need to establish a 'Hunter Valley Authority' to support workers and create new jobs as the region heads into a period of unprecedented economic change.

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Malcolm Turnbull calls for NSW Parliamentary inquiry into 'inadequate' mine remediation bonds

Former Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull is calling for a New South Wales Parliamentary investigation into "inadequate" coal mine rehabilitation bonds.

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Mark Vaile withdrawal is proof Whitehaven Coal is untouchably toxic

The outrage that led to Mark Vaile today declaring he will not accept the role of Chancellor at the University of Newcastle demonstrates that the company he chairs - Whitehaven Coal - is too toxic to be associated with public leadership, according to Lock the Gate Alliance.

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Hunter Councils commit to climate change

The Hunter region has committed to collaboratively tackling the shared challenges of changing global energy markets and climate change impacts by joining Australia’s largest local government climate network the Cities Power Partnership.

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NSW to invest $380 million to turbocharge renewable energy rollout

The Berejiklian government will spend an extra $380 million to help expedite investment into the state’s five renewable energy zones and smooth the way for an increase in solar, wind and storage projects.

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$108m set aside in NSW budget to remediate disused mines

The Berejiklian government will spend almost $108 million to remediate the state’s disused mine sites in a move welcomed by both environmentalists and the mining industry.

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NSW Treasury Intergenerational Report plots coal's final exit

Coal production in NSW could end within 20 years as the shift towards clean energy picks up pace, the state's Treasury has warned.  The latest NSW intergenerational report also forecasts that coal mining royalties in NSW are expected to more than halve by 2061.
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NSW coal industry would die in 20 years, worst-case scenario predicts

Coal jobs would disappear entirely in NSW within 20 years if international demand shrinks, according to one of three scenarios about the future of the industry prepared for the government by the state’s Treasury Department.

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AGL backs solar thermal plants with Liddell move

AGL Energy will construct a small-scale solar thermal storage project at its Liddell coal site in NSW as it seeks to develop a string of new generation sources to replace capacity once the plant shuts in early 2023.

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AGL unveils plan to transform Liddell coal site with solar, hydro plant

Australia’s biggest power supplier, AGL, is proposing to build a solar-and-hydro energy facility at the site of its Liddell coal-fired power station in NSW once the plant closes down in 2023.

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‘We’re burying banknotes’: Ross Garnaut rubbishes government’s $600m gas plant

Ross Garnaut has slammed the federal government’s $600 million backing of a new gas-fired plant as a “waste of money” and likened it to the exercise of burying money and asking the unemployed to dig it up as a way of keeping them productive.

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Hunter community groups to decide where money goes

Community organisations in the Hunter Valley will be part of an expert panel to decide where money goes through the NSW Government's Royalties for Rejuvenation Fund.

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Coal no more: it's time to future-proof our communities

If I was to describe in one word, what the upper Hunter Valley needs to be in the future, the word would be innovative.

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Hunter Valley: Green strategy for coal country

A consortium of major domestic and international energy players has devised a $2bn plan to fast-track Australia’s first hydrogen valley in the heart of the nation’s biggest coal province, using renewable energy to build an export industry and secure jobs in NSW.

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Hunter coal miners don’t have enough funds for land rehabilitation

Coal mining companies in the Hunter Valley have failed to set aside enough money to fill in their massive voids or maintain the vegetation required to restore the landscape once their mines come to the end of their lives.

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NAB's Port of Newcastle funding tied to green sustainability goals

National Australia Bank has agreed to help finance the world's largest coal export terminal and has linked loans to a new set of social and environmental goals.

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Coal the loser as power prices smashed

Mushrooming rooftop solar and mild summer weather have driven demand for power from the grid to the lowest for 19 years for the peak summer quarter, cutting wholesale prices by up to 68 per cent and pushing major coal and gas power generators such as AGL Energy to the brink.

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Impact of China’s brutal coal ban revealed

Australia's coal trade with China has plummeted from more than $1 billion a month to just $30 million in the first months of the year, as shocking new figure reveal the depth of Beijing's economic wrath.

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Coal still the focus for politicians while business outpaces them on renewables transition

When it comes to coal, politicians seem stuck in a short-term election cycle while the corporate sector is getting on with the business of transitioning to renewables.

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South Korea's Moon vows to end new funding for overseas coal projects

SEOUL, April 23 (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced on Thursday his country would end all new financing for overseas coal projects and would soon set a more ambitious schedule for slashing carbon emissions.

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China will phase down coal consumption: Xi

China will start phasing down coal use from 2026 as part of its efforts to slash greenhouse gas emissions, President Xi Jinping said at a summit of global leaders, a move that disappointed campaigners hoping for more ambitious pledges.

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The Hunter Region should have its own energy transition fund

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Multi-million dollar fighting fund proposed for NSW mining towns

A treasure chest of mining royalties will be set aside in a future fund exclusively for coal towns to drive job creation and community support as the power mix changes in coming decades.

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The 17,000 hectare project area transverses the Muswellbrook, Singleton and Upper Hunter local government areas.

Sixty wind turbines capable of producing 336 megawatts of power have been earmarked for land outside of Muswellbrook.  The $569 million project by renewable energy company Epuron is the latest in a torrent of green energy projects proposed for the Hunter.
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NSW Treasury projects coal industry to decline over the next 40 years

Coal mining in the Hunter Valley is set to decline, possibly rapidly, in coming decades, according to the NSW Treasury, market analysis and one of the region’s biggest miners.

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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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