The Guardian writes about possible extension to Eraring ‘for as long as four years’

Given that we’ve taken an interest in what’s going to happen with the looming closure of Eraring Power Station (here), I thought it would be useful to our readers to highlight Peter Hannam’s article in the Guardian ‘NSW to announce life extension of Eraring, Australia’s largest coal-fired power station’ published at 11:03 NEM Time:


The article does say ‘exclusive’, and I’ve not seen anything else anywhere else on a quick scan … but there are threads already starting on social media – with many doubting that it would be required (though I am not so confident).

The key points in the article appear to be:

‘The New South Wales government will announce within days it will extend the operations of Australia’s biggest coal-fired power station for as long as four years.

The decision involves provide taxpayer subsidies to Origin Energy’s Eraring power station for two years with permits to run for two more, according to several people who have been briefed on the plans.

The cost of the subsidies are due to be discussed by the Minns government’s expenditure review committee as soon as this Friday. Environmental groups and local MPs were also due to be briefed on the plans later this week and prior to 10 May.

So perhaps we’ll have to wait till Friday 10th May (next week) to know something definitive?


No doubt will gain a mention at the 2024 EUAA National Conference, which starts tomorrow in Melbourne.  See you there?


PS1 related articles elsewhere

Since posting the above, I have also seen:

1)  In the AFR:

(a)  On Tuesday 30th April 2024, Jacob Greber wrote ‘Kean questions need for Eraring bailout’ .

2)  In RenewEconomy:

(a)  Giles Parkinson wrote ‘NSW leans to lengthy extension to Australia’s largest coal generator in blow to renewable transition’ on Tuesday 30th April 2024.

3)  In the Australian:

(a)  Colin Packham wrote ‘NSW and Origin in talks to extend Eraring power station for up to four years’ in the Australian on Tuesday 30th April 2024

(b)  The next day (Wed 1st May 2024) Colin Packham wrote ‘NSW-backed extension of Eraring is reward for Origin’s mismanagement, Delta Electricity says’

4)  In the SMH-TheAge:

(a)  On Tue 30th April 2024, Nick Toscano and Mike Foley wrote ‘Origin, NSW consider keeping Eraring coal plant open for longer’ at the end of the day.

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