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Session: 59 Parliament First Session Sitting: 2019 House: LA
QP Reference No: 0 Question Number: 584


Asked By: Read Tim Party: Greens Addressed To: Energy Environment and Climate Change
Asked Date: May 2, 2019


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584


QUESTION ON NOTICEDr Read to ask the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change

In relation to coal mining and coal power generation in the Latrobe Valley:


(1) How much brown coal is burnt per year in total in the Latrobe Valley and at each of the three power stations (Yallourn, Loy Yang A and Loy Yang B).


(2) What is the total amount of brown coal that will be mined and burnt in the Latrobe Valley over the remaining life of Yallourn, Loy Yang A and Loy Yang B.

Answer:
Between 2008 and 2018, the total annual coal consumption of Victoria's three brown coal power stations ranged from 53.5 million tonnes of coal in 2013 to 62.2 million tonnes of coal in 2010. These fluctuations reflect variations in the intensity of each station's operation from year to year. Over this period, the total annual coal consumption of Victoria's three brown coal power stations combined has averaged 59.4 million tonnes of coal a year.

 

In relation to the second part of the Member for Brunswick's question, it is difficult to predict how much coal Victoria's brown coal power stations will burn over the remainder of their operating lives as this will depend on how long each station's private owners decide to run them for and the intensities at which the stations are operated.

 

Future coal operation rates will depend on market conditions and operational factors affecting each station, and cannot be removed from the energy transformation that Victoria is leading through the Victorian Renewable Energy Targets (VRET) of 50 per cent by 2030, Solar Homes programs and the economy wide target of net zero emissions by 2050.

 

 

Hon Lily D'Ambrosio MP

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change

Minister for Solar Homes

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12/06/2019