AGL and NuRock investigate plan to recycle millions of tonnes of coal ash from Bayswater Power Station into construction materials

AGL Energy has signed an historic agreement with waste site remediation company NuRock to investigate the feasibility of converting millions of tonnes of coal ash at Bayswater power station into into construction bricks.

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Replacing NSW coal plant with renewables would create thousands more jobs than gas, report says

Solar and wind could bring ‘jobs boom’ to regions that have previously depended on coal, Australian Conservation Foundation says

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Power and the Passion: How the Hunter's mining voids could be turned into a network of man-made lakes

The turquoise blue water looks like a tropical vision rather than a rehabilitated coal mine in outback Western Australia. Stockton open cut mine closed in 1957 leaving behind a 30-metre deep void that gradually filled with water.

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Power and the Passion: The challenge of rehabilitating Hunter mine sites for future generations

The Hunter's coal mines may have generated billions of dollars in regional and national income over recent decades, but a figure which rarely receives attention is the cost of cleaning up and rehabilitating the land once mining ends.

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Eraring workers power to an uncertain future

Australia’s energy sector is evolving at a breakneck pace. But what will become of the communities that underpin it?

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Munmorah Power Station site touted for Waratah Super Battery

Swansea MP Yasmin Catley is backing the Munmorah Power Station site for the 700-megawatt Waratah Super Battery.  Ms Catley has written to Treasurer and Energy Minister Matt Kean, asking him to consider putting the battery at the old Munmorah site.

 

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Coalmining regions urged to diversify, with Chinese slowdown in coal consumption 'imminent'

Energy economists are warning coalmining regions to make urgent changes to diversify, with a Chinese slowdown in coal consumption "imminent".

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POWER AND THE PASSION: Transition to renewable energy must consider generations of Newcastle families rely on Hunter Valley coal industry

IT was 1950 and Ron Peters was a newly minted trapper whose job it was to open the mine doors for the pit ponies hauling heavy skips and timber roof supports.  Then, as now, the coal mining industry was booming in the Hunter.

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Newcastle University research shows nearly 65 per cent of the Hunter Valley floor taken up by mining leases

NEARLY 65 per cent of the Hunter Valley floor between Broke and Muswellbrook is taken up by mining leases, according to research from the University of Newcastle.

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Meet the coal miner who turned a redundancy into a booming cafe business in the Upper Hunter

SIMON Davis saw the writing on the wall early.  A mechanic by trade, the career miner took a redundancy in 2016 after Drayton South failed to win approval following a major stoush with the Upper Hunter's thoroughbred horse breeding industry.

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Philip O'Neill: it's clear a new politics of coal has arrived

Everything is upturned ... the importance of coal to other sectors is diminished

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Businesses in the Hunter want more from politicians than a fear campaign about job losses in the coal industry

Ampcontrol chief executive Rod Henderson is one of many business leaders in the New South Wales Hunter region who want more from the major parties this election than a fear campaign about job losses in the coal industry.

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Veteran real estate agents say Upper Hunter in the midst of first property boom not linked to the coal industry

PETER Dunn has been selling real estate in Singleton for more than 40 years. In that time he's never seen a boom not linked to the mining industry - until now. Traditionally property prices in the Upper Hunter have seesawed with the fortune of coal. A double-edged sword of boom and bust.

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POWER AND THE PASSION: Upper Hunter would be 'on its knees' without mining, says business leaders

WHOLE communities have been wiped off the map in the Upper Hunter as a result of the expansion of the region's mining boom and urbanisation.Some that remain, like Bulga, only exist because defiant and determined residents fought tooth and nail to save the areas where generations of their families have lived.

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Federal government wants companies like Origin and AGL to give five years notice of plans to close power stations.

AGL would be required to give an extra 18months notice of its intention to close Bayswater Power Station under a rule change proposed by the federal government.

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A Hunter Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct could attract $28 billion in private investment, BZE report shows

A Hunter Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct could attract $28 billion in private investment, support 34,000 new jobs and earn $11 billion annually by 2032, an economic analysis of the project shows.

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IFM launches $4b green fund to target energy transition

Infrastructure giant IFM Investors intends to raise $4 billion by the end of next year for a new clean-energy focused fund to capitalise on voracious demand from clients to invest in green assets.

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Newcastle air quality: Data reveals Hunter coal fire power stations cause toxic emissions as power generation drops

The latest national pollution data shows several Hunter and Central Coast power stations have reported significant increases in toxic emissions while overall power generation dropped.

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Zero emissions: Newcastle Transport to see first electric buses outside Sydney as part of NSW government plan

ELECTRIC buses are set to join Newcastle's service in the coming months as part of a government plan to transition the state's fleet.

Newcastle Transport will receive three "zero emissions" buses - the first in NSW outside Sydney - which will have the capacity to undertake a full day of service on a single charge.

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Professor James Murray-Parkes says bananas and lantana could be used for construction

Bananas and lantana have been highlighted as natural resources that can be harvested to help establish a zero-carbon economy. Professor James Murray-Parkes, a world-class applied physicist based in Newcastle, said using nature in a sustainable way would reduce energy use.

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POWER AND THE PASSION: What the Hunter must do to successfully transition to a clean energy future

The Hunter is at an historical crossroads. How the region meets the imminent challenges associated with the closure of coal-fired power stations coupled with the decline of its economic lifeline, the coal industry, will shape its destiny for generations to come.

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POWER AND THE PASSION: Future of Newcastle coal industry after renewable energy transition

MORE than 2.78 billion tonnes of coal have been gouged out of the Hunter Valley since the year 2000, enough to fill Lake Macquarie more than three times over.

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POWER AND THE PASSION: Aerial photos of reveal true scale of Hunter coal mining and perspective of shift to renewable energy

On the tarmac near Scone airport, readying to squeeze into the back of a Cessna 182 (which is a very small plane), I can see a thoroughbred galloping along a white fence on the hill, a few paddocks over.

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Former mine manager Michael White is committed to saving the Hunter Valley industry for future generations

Michael White's picturesque Wybong property is a far cry from the pits where he spent four decades building a successful career as a mining engineer and manager.

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POWER AND THE PASSION: Muswellbrook former miner Pete Kennedy reveals what life is like living next door to a Hunter coal mine

EX-MINER Pete Kennedy lives "a 303 rifle shot" from what he describes as 'Mt un-Pleasant", which he can see over the back fence of his suburban Muswellbrook home.

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The first of Liddell power station's four 500 megawatt turbines will be shut down on Friday.

The first of Liddell power station's four 500 megawatt turbines will be shut down on Friday, marking a major milestone in the state's clean energy transition.

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Port of Newcastle's clean energy projects to be supercharged by a $100 million federal budget allocation

The federal government's $100 million investment in the development of Port of Newcastle's energy precinct will also supercharge plans to create a $3.1 billion hydrogen hub capable of creating 5000 jobs.

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Anti-coal group Lock The Gate opposes NSW Minerals Council voice on Royalties for Rejuvenation panel

ENVIRONMENTAL activists are calling for the removal of a NSW Minerals Council representative from the Hunter's Royalties for Rejuvenation expert panel. The eight-person panel was established by the NSW Government to guide spending from the $25 million Royalties for Rejuvenation fund.

 

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Hunter and Illawarra regions set to become the centre of hydrogen production in NSW

The Hunter and Illawarra regions are set to become the centre of hydrogen production in the state after a government plan to produce energy there ended up attracting production proposals more than eight times its target.

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Push for NSW Mining Act amendment to include Hunter transition authority

An independent Hunter authority is needed to coordinate the economic, social and environmental challenges associated with the region's clean energy transition, a regional delegation has told the state's political powerbrokers.

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Molycop uses coffee grounds as an alternatives to coking coal for green steel production

Wastes including plastic and coffee grounds now join rubber tyres as alternative sources of coke and coal as previously vital ingredients as carbon sources for steel making, a research project undertaken at Newcastle steel manufacturer Molycop has shown.

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500MW battery at Liddell Power Station site will kick start Hunter Energy Park

The transformation of AGL's Liddell Power Station into a world-leading clean energy and employment hub has taken a significant step forward with the state government's approval of a 500 megawatt grid-scale battery for the site.

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Oceanex Energy says the Novocastrian wind farm will create 300 new full time jobs and 3000 construction jobs

The proponents of a proposed 2000 megawatt wind farm off the Hunter coast believe it will create 300 full time jobs over the project's 30 year lifespan. Oceanex Energy briefed HunterNet on Wednesday about its plans for the $10billion Novocastrian Wind Farm, which would include about 130 turbines located 30 kilometres off the coast.

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Committee for the Hunter releases launches economic diversification plan for the region

The Hunter's rebirth following the closure of the BHP steelworks should serve as inspiration to meet the challenges of transforming the region into a global leader of the emerging clean energy economy, a new report argues.

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Kooragang green hydrogen plant would help power Orica ammonia plant as part of Origin Energy's transition plan out of coal-fired electricity

ORICA and Eraring power station owner Origin Energy have announced a formal investigation into the potential for a hydrogen production plant on Kooragang Island driven by renewably generated electricity.  In separate statements yesterday morning, the chemical giant and the energy company unveiled their intentions under the banner "Hunter Valley Hydrogen Hub".

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POWER AND THE PASSION: Upper Hunter needs 'more than lip service' for a post-mining economy

MUSWELLBROOK mayor, Steve Reynolds, is calling for a genuine focus on future employment in the region as the nation awaits a return to the polls.

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Hunter energy transition deserves billions from NSW government coal royalties, Professor Phillip O'Neill says

Coal royalties should be used to fund a Hunter Region transition program of up to $105 million a year for 25 years, Professor Phillip O'Neill says.

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POWER AND THE PASSION: Key steps in the Hunter's 'just transition' from coal to renewables

The recent announcements that the Hunter's coal-fired power stations will close by the end of the decade mean the region can not wait any longer to begin the massive task of transitioning to a clean energy economy.

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Podcast: Hunter Valley locals reflect on an uncertain future

When white man first laid eyes on what is now Newcastle, more than 2 centuries ago, the first thing he noticed was rich seams of black marking the area's towering yellow and pink sandstone headlands: coal.

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AGL and Fortescue Future Industries will conduct 12 feasibility study into a green hydrogen production facility at Liddell

The Hunter's renewable energy infrastructure is second to none but it is the region's people who Twiggy Forrest says will be responsible for making the Hunter's clean energy revolution a reality. In an impassioned address, the mining billionaire urged workers at the ageing Liddell power station on Wednesday to embrace his vision for green hydrogen production in the region.

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There’s real power in change – and jobs too

Origin Energy’s decision to bring forward the closure of its Eraring coal-fired power station – NSW’s largest – reflects the reality of a 21st-century power grid, and 21st-century economics.

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Mike Cannon-Brookes lodges AGL takeover bid to ‘accelerate coal exit’

Tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes has teamed up with international fund manager Brookfield to launch an audacious takeover bid for Australian energy giant AGL with the intention of setting stronger emissions-reduction targets and forcing the early closures of its remaining coal-fired power stations.

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A train wreck’: what happens to workers and towns when the lights go out on coal power?

Eraring, the country’s largest coal-fired power station, will shut in three years, but transition plans for employees, communities – and the grid – are lacking

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Origin Energy’s brings forward Eraring power plant closure to 2025, just days after AGL flagged early closures

Angus Taylor has warned Origin Energy’s early closure of NSW’s Eraring coal plant could result in more expensive power bills.

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Eraring is only the beginning of the end for coal

The early closure of Australia’s biggest coal-fired power station in 2025 will test the energy grid and management of the inevitable transition from coal as these plants become uneconomic to operate.

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Interest in $100 billion worth of renewable energy projects registered for Hunter Valley coal region

Offshore wind farms, pumped hydro, and large scale battery storage are among more than $100 billion of private investment interest registered for a Hunter-Central Coast Renewable Energy Zone (REZ).

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Why the shutdown of AGL’s coal-fired plants will probably happen even sooner than power giant says

The two plants selected for early shutdown currently produce about 7% of Australia’s total carbon emissions

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AGL Energy warns market conditions may spur faster exit from coal

AGL Energy has conceded it may accelerate closure dates for two of Australia’s biggest coal plants again depending on market conditions.

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Communities near coal-fired power stations support closure of sites and switch to renewables

Communities near Australia’s ageing coal-burning power stations support the closure of the polluting technology and want to see more done to assist the shift to renewables.

 

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Kurri Kurri gas-fired power plant gets green light, after Labor backflip

The federal government has given the environmental green light to a $600m power plant at Kurri Kurri in NSW’s Hunter Valley, days after Labor did an about-face on its calls to halt the project.

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