Hazelwood power station

Goodbye Coal: The Campaign to Close Hazelwood

This show was broadcast on Mon 19th October 2015

Tonight we'll hear about a successful campaign to close down the Anglesea coal mine, Barrister Andrew Laird will be discussing that issue.
And then we hear from Greens MP's Adam Bandt, Ellen Sandell, and John Grimes from the Australian Solar Council. The campaign to close down the Hazelwood power station gaining momentum and they want your supprt.

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Go LED and kill Hazelwood?

By Trent Hawkins

According to analysis conducted by Beyond Zero Emissions, lighting in homes is responsible for about seven per cent of household electricity use, and around 30 per cent of electricity for commercial and retail buildings.

That's quite a large amount of energy use, but it could be about to fall drastically, perhaps by as much as a large coal power station's worth of electricity demand. That's a hefty amount when energy utilities are already seriously challenged by falling electricity demand.  

As reported by Gerard Wynn, LEDs (light emitting diodes) are now set to dominate the global lighting market. In the general lighting market the consultants McKinsey & Company forecast a 45 per cent market share for LEDs by 2016, up from 9 per cent in 2011. 

Electronics giant Philips has completely ceased research and development into fluorescent lighting technology, recognising that the future is in LEDs. Other companies in the semiconductor business, not traditionally in lighting, are getting in on the act. In Australia, companies are springing up that come into your home or business and do a full change-out to LEDs. Even McDonald’s restaurants are making the switch.  

Beyond Zero Emissions' Buildings Plan research is proposing a full switch to replace all existing lighting with LEDs within 10 years. This would result in up to 80 per cent reduction in lighting energy use for most building categories.

These energy savings are in the order of 15 terawatt-hours of electricity per year: more than Victoria's notoriously polluting Hazelwood power station could produce if it ran flat out, non-stop, for an entire year. Avoiding the burning of all that brown coal would avoid CO2 emissions of over 20 million tonnes of CO2 per year. 

The US Department of Energy chart below shows the trajectory of improvement of LED lights as compared with other technologies. There is a lot of further improvement to be had, with the US DOE supporting a realistic goal of reaching 200 lumens/watt (compared to 60-90 lumens/watt in products on the market now).

Chart from US Department of Energy (USDOE) - “Solid-State Lighting Research and Development: Multi-Year Program Plan”, April 2012.

And this improvement in light output only begins to tell the story of why LEDs are taking the lighting market by storm.

Campaigning for wind and against coal


Ben Courtice Campaign Manager for Friends of the Earth Melbourne will tell us about how to put in a submission to the NSW government before March 14th. Don’t let the rich anti –wind lobby put in all the submissions. Fight for a renewable future.

John Kaye NSW Greens MP will talk about his private members bill and its relevance to wind farming in NSW. Sounds dry? Let John win you over with his enthusiasm for a clean energy future.

Neil Erenstrom works in the Solar industry but sees the need to stop investing in new coal mines and coal fired power stations. QUIT COAL is campaigning at Bacchus Marsh and Anglesea. Neil tells us about the tide of community support and what listeners can do to get on board. He’ll report on the launch of 100% Renewables BIG SOLAR campaign and his experience in that industry.

Grow Jobs by Ending Coal

The Latrobe Valley in Victoria is currently partly dependent on coal for its economy, but if it is to survive into the future, it must move away from coal and tap into the renewable energy revolution. For this to happen the first power stations to be switched off should be the dirtiest, at Hazelwood and Morwell.

“The future for the Latrobe Valley lies in manufacturing of renewable energy components, not coal, and what’s missing is State and Federal Government commitment to this essential transition”, Mark Ogge, campaigner for Beyond Zero Emissions said. 

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