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CEF in the media  |  Aug 23, 2023

Tim Buckley on Sky Newsday with Kenny Heatley: Eraring in NSW can and should close on time in 2025

Sky News

Tim Buckley told Sky NewsDay that the Australia’s biggest coal power station, Eraring in NSW, can and should close on time in 2025, and the NSW government should not prop up its operator with $200-400m pa in public subsidies when this money should be invested in the energy transition, slashing power bills and addressing the climate crisis. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Aug 23, 2023

O’Reilly Review recommends Eraring power station remain open beyond 2025

The Newcastle Herald

“Leaked reports today that the NSW Electricity Supply and Reliability Review will recommend taxpayer subsidies to extend the life of Eraring coal power station beyond its closure date phased over 2025 would be a massive retrograde step when the exact opposite is needed – implementation of an accelerated transition to firmed renewables, Mr Buckley, who wrote the The Lights will Stay On report, said. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Aug 23, 2023

‘Significant risk’ in delivery of NSW renewable energy zones, review finds

The Sydney Morning Herald

It comes as clean energy investors and the former NSW energy minister Matt Kean blasted the proposal to keep Eraring open beyond 2025. Simon Corbell, the chief executive of the Clean Energy Investor Group, said delaying the closure of Eraring would create “significant downside risk for investors”. “This could result in less investment in new clean energy projects in NSW and will blow out our emissions target and budget. Australia cannot afford to have that at this time,” he said. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Aug 22, 2023

Eraring should remain open beyond 2025: Minns government energy review

The Sydney Morning Herald

Energy groups such as Climate Energy Finance, a think tank that advocates for a speedier transition to renewables, are critical of the proposal. A report by CEF in July estimated that keeping Eraring open at only half of its capacity would require the NSW government to pay Origin between $200 million and $400 million a year in subsidies. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Aug 22, 2023

Nation’s biggest coal power plant could burn for longer

Canberra Times

Eraring is Australia’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, releasing more than 12 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent into the atmosphere each year. Tim Buckley, director of think tank Climate Energy Finance, says keeping the plant running would be a “massive retrograde step”. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Aug 22, 2023

Eraring and Loy Yang A coal closure wrangles show need for hard renewable targets

Renew Economy

Environmental activists point out that paying hundreds of millions of dollars a year to keep Eraring open is not needed, and that two reports – including “The Lights Will Stay On” by the Climate Energy Finance and “Earing can be closed on schedule” by Nexa Advisory – outline why and how Eraring should close on time. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Aug 22, 2023

Giant coal-fired power station should stay open, NSW review finds

The Australian Financial Review

Clean energy investors said delaying the closure of the generator could crimp new investment in new clean energy projects and blow out Australia’s emissions target and budget. “Australia cannot afford to have that at this time,” said Simon Corbell, chief executive of the Clean Energy Investor Group, representing investors with about 11 gigawatts of installed renewables capacity. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Jul 28, 2023

Power Up: Renewables are hammering down electricity prices

Stockhead

Tim Buckley said: “Application approvals of new zero-emissions replacement capacity in FY2023 trebled to 7 gigawatts (GW) vs the previous two years, but we are still not seeing grid transmission and planning access bottlenecks removed. There is a record 30GW of new renewable energy capacity now in the connection pipeline, but just 3GW was completed in FY2023. We need to see the rate of completions double to replace end-of-life coal power station capacity inevitably and predictably coming offline.” Read more
CEF in the media  |  Jul 28, 2023

AEMO quarterly energy report sees a drop in electricity prices

Energy Monitor

AEMO reports the June quarter wholesale electricity prices are down 59 per cent year-on-year. That is a major relief after 18 months of unprecedented fossil fuel hyperinflation,” Tim Buckley said. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Jul 27, 2023

Call to combat costs with solar powered social housing

Canberra Times

CEF’s report into NSW’s energy transition last week recommended the state use social housing and other government-owned buildings to build a steady pipeline of solar-panel “power plants”. Report author Tim Buckley said solar could replace half of the capacity lost when NSW coal-fired power stations Eraring and Vales Point retire in 2025 and 2029 respectively. “It requires next to no grid upgrades, so no cost-of-living pressure, and it can be done really bloody quickly.” Read more
CEF in the media  |  Jul 25, 2023

Renewable energy companies to pay ‘access fee’ generating millions for NSW renewable energy zones

ABC online

Tim Buckley, director of think tank Climate Energy Finance, said the lack of funding for communities in the REZ had divided people. “We just have to make sure that the communities most affected get some ongoing benefit to ameliorate some of that anxiety and spread the love around,” he said. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Jul 21, 2023

‘Excessive’ power costs for consumers questioned as wholesale prices tumble

ABC online

As the coal lobby argues for Eraring’s life to be extended beyond 2025, Tim Buckley said: keeping Eraring open longer than planned would cost taxpayers between $200 million and $400 million a year in subsidies. He argued the money would be better spent on speeding up the development of renewable energy capacity needed to replace fossil fuels. Read more

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