Hazelwood has shut down all of its generators this week. Being both an old inefficient power station and running on brown coal made it one of the highest emitters of carbon per megawatt hour of energy produced in the world.
A challenging time for Gippsland, but a big step in recognition of the future for energy where generation is distributed throughout the grid, local consumption and much lower carbon emissions. It time for the federal government to realize this change is not only unstoppable but also in the best interests of Australia.
The market requires policies that support distributed and intermittent generation in a way that will assure energy security and reasonable prices. It also needs to recognize the potential available from demand side measures that are sadly left out of most discussions on the energy crisis