The Turnbull government’s National Energy Guarantee will mean current levels of dirty polluting coal will be locked in for a decade and the investment boom in renewables could stall.
So far the Victorian Labor government has been forced to stand against the NEG, but Daniel Andrews and Labor are under enormous pressure to wave through the NEG. With enough community pressure we can get Victorian Labor to stop the renewables-killing NEG.
Will you join our petition calling on Daniel Andrews to defend renewables and oppose the Turnbull government's renewables wrecking NEG?
The Smart Energy Council calls the NEG a dud and they are right.
There are five fundamental flaws with the NEG:
- It doesn’t encourage investment in renewables or any form of new generation;
- It doesn’t cut coal pollution;
- It doesn’t reduce power bills;
- It can’t be easily changed by a future government;
- It means the rest of the economy such as transport and agriculture will have to do more to cut emissions.
Pressure from the Greens has forced Victorian Labor to delay a decision on the NEG, but Turnbull will only keep trying to push this climate destroying agenda.
We have a very short window of time to force Daniel Andrews to block the NEG. Join our campaign to send Daniel Andrews a strong message that if he is serious about fighting climate, he has to block the NEG.
Malcolm Turnbull announced that “renewables do not need to be subsidised any longer”.
His comments come off the back of an ACCC report into electricity prices that proposes abolishing the small-scale renewable energy scheme 9 years early and instead providing public subsidies for gas- and coal-fired power stations.
Will you join our campaign to save renewables, which are under attack from the ACCC on one side and Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull on the other?
The ACCC has released a 400 page report seeking to address rising electricity prices in Australia and it's dominating headlines across the country.
But the recommendations of the report propose policies that will strangle renewable energy. It could literally spell the end of federal policies that promote renewables in Australia.
The ACCC’s proposals to scrap support for renewables and to provide public money to ‘dispatchable’ power gives Malcolm Turnbull a chance to let Tony Abbott and his band of Trumplites on the backbench off the leash to spruik coal.
With the eyes of the country on the ACCC report this is our chance to urgently send a message to Malcolm Turnbull that we want to see renewables saved, not attacked.
In late 2016, it was announced that Hazelwood, Australia's dirtiest power station, would close in March 2017.
This was great news for our climate, but yet another example of governments leaving decisions about our energy up to multinational coal companies, rather than planning for an orderly phase-out of coal power and proper transition to new industries.
Join us as we call on State, Territory and Federal governments to work together on a plan for the retirement of all coal-fired power station and a just transition for the workers and their communities.
Hazelwood power station polluted Victoria for over 54 years. After a ten year campaign, led by hundreds of Greens volunteers, Environment Victoria, Friends of the Earth, Latrobe Valley locals, and community groups across the state working together, it was announced in September 2016 that Hazelwood would close for good.
Hazelwood’s closure shows that globally, coal is on the way out. But disappointingly, State and Federal Governments haven’t shown leadership by planning an orderly phase-out of coal. Instead, they’ve left decisions to multinational coal companies, and have not put in place new industries for the Latrobe Valley ahead of time.
While we’re very pleased the Victorian Labor Government has offered up some money for the Latrobe Valley community, it should have put in place new industries long before Hazelwood closed.
Join our Beyond Coal campaign as we call on State, Territory and Federal governments to plan for the retirement of all coal-fired power stations and a just transition for workers and their communities.
Dear Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D'Ambrosio,
We can only tackle climate change if we end our dependence on the most polluting form of energy: brown coal.
The decision to approve the expansion of Loy Yang B coal power station is unacceptable and must be reversed.
The EPA has just approved the expansion of Loy Yang B coal power station. This will burn 400,000 extra tonnes of dirty brown coal per year.
2016 was just announced as the hottest year on record globally. We are facing a climate emergency, yet the Victorian Labor Government is happy to increase the amount of dirty, polluting brown coal that we burn here in Victoria
Daniel Andrews wants you to think he's a climate champion by announcing stronger climate targets. But these announcements are meaningless unless we end our dependence on the most polluting form of energy: brown coal.
Join the Greens in calling on the Victorian Labor Government to reverse this decision.
In 2018, we’ll be taking our campaign calling on governments across Australia to start planning for the retirement of coal-fired power stations to the next level.
We’re in for the fight of our lives. By chipping in today, you’ll help us to:
Doorknock in marginal electorates to build support for a future Beyond Coal and put pressure on the old parties
Train young leaders to help lead the fight against coal
Hold public meetings to build community support and understanding for how we can ensure a just transition for coal workers and their communities
- Continue the fight in Parliament against the climate deniers and for real climate action
Join thousands of Australians and add your name to our petition.
To the Victorian Minister of Energy, and the French Government:
Hazelwood is the most polluting coal plant in Australia. I support the recent announcement to finally close Hazelwood for good in 2017.
However, I want to see it replaced with clean energy, with local jobs created in mine rehabilitation and clean industries.
I am calling for a just transition plan for the Latrobe Valley workers and communities who would be affected by this closure.
Hazelwood power station is Australia's dirtiest power station and one of the most polluting in the world - and it will finally be closing for good on 31 March 2017!
It’s been a long fight, with so many people working together, including hundreds of Greens volunteers, Environment Victoria, Friends of the Earth, Latrobe Valley locals, and community groups across the state.
Our campaigns have targeted the Victorian Labor Government in Parliament and in marginal seats with petitions and doorknocks. We targeted Hazelwood's owners - Engie and Mitsui - by rallying at their offices, sending them thousands of petition signatures and letters, confronting them in the media, and so much more. And it worked!
Without your campaigning and hard work, we couldn’t have come this far. Thank you.
We're very disappointed that the Victorian Labor Government hasn't created a proper plan for new industries in the Valley by now. This 'head in the sand' attitude cannot continue.
We will keep fighting to ensure the Latrobe Valley community gets the just transition to clean industries that they deserve.
The Greens will continue to campaign for a phase out of all dirty coal in Victoria. We know renewables are the future, and closing Hazelwood is one more step along the path to cleaner air and a safer climate.
With Government support, workers and communities in the Latrobe Valley can be involved in the rehabilitation of Hazelwood mine and power plant. Mine rehabilitation alone would create 450 jobs for more than a decade and a billion-dollar economic stimulus for the region. 
The Greens want to see:
- The complete closure of all coal power stations across Australia;
- The owners of Hazelwood paying for mine rehabilitation and money to support community-led transition plan including rehabilitation of the Hazelwood mine and support for local communities to create jobs in clean industries;
- Immediate implementation of pollution limits for existing coal-fired power stations; and
- A legislated target for renewable energy in Victoria of 90% by 2030.
 Environment Victoria, Preventing the Preventable, October 2014.