Hazelwood Power Station representing 1600 MW of brown coal capacity closed at the end of March 2017, various politicians and commentators raised concerns about the ability of Victoria to keep the lights on. The 2017 peak summer period of 2017/18 passed on 28 February this year without any supply-side power outages.
This report looks at what has transpired over the period since the closure of Hazelwood and how its contribution to meeting Victoria’s electricity demand since it closed was covered. The report also considers the contribution that new large-scale renewables under construction and demand side activities will make over the coming four years.
• Victoria’s energy system was reliable through a hot summer without Hazelwood with no supplyside interruptions to the grid;
• Hazelwood’s closure led to a significant drop in greenhouse gas emissions in Victoria – approximately 12 million tonnes over the year. When accounting for emissions associated with imported energy, the avoided emissions were just over four million tonnes;
• The pipeline of committed renewable energy projects, behind the meter resources (such as efficiency and rooftop solar) and new battery storage projects continue to drive change in Victoria’s energy market toward a cleaner grid.