70% of Victoria’s electricity comes from burning coal. Our three coal-fired power stations are old, unreliable and fuelling climate change.
Yallourn

Owned byEnergy Australia
Opened1921
Failed37 times in two years

Loy Yang A

Owned byAGL
Opened1984
Failed30 times in two years

Loy Yang B

Owned byAlinta Energy
Opened1993
Failed7 times in two years

Think coal has had its day? Add your voice—and tell the Andrews Labor Government: it’s time to move beyond coal.
Think coal has had its day? Add your voice—and tell the Andrews Labor Government: it’s time to move beyond coal.

1825
First Victorian coal discovery reported.
1912
Newspaper report in New Zealand links burning coal to global warming.
1921
Victoria sets up an electricity commission to dig up and burn coal for power.
1956
The New York Times reports that burning coal and oil is leading to more carbon dioxide and a warmer climate.
1966
Coal industry learns that burning coal is warming the planet.
1988
A NASA scientist warns the US Congress that climate change is a result of burning fossil fuels.
1990s
Victoria’s four coal-fired power stations are sold to private companies.
2018
The Andrews Labor Government extends the licenses of coal-fired power stations in Victoria until 2032 and 2048, locking us into catastrophic cooking of the planet.
2020
Bushfires rage across Victoria, fuelled by climate change. Meanwhile, burning coal still provides 70% of Victoria’s energy.
1825
First Victorian coal discovery reported.
1912
Newspaper report in New Zealand links burning coal to global warming.
1921
Victoria set up an electricity commission to dig up and burn coal for power.
1956
The New York Times reports that burning coal and oil is leading to more carbon dioxide and a warmer climate.
1966
Evidence that the coal industry knew of coal’s link to global warming.
1988
NASA scientist warns US Congress that climate change is a result of burning fossil fuels.
1990s
Victoria’s four coal-fired power stations were sold to private companies.
2018
The Andrews Labor Government extends the licenses of coal-fired power stations in Victoria until 2032 and 2048, locking us into catastrophic cooking of the planet.
2020
Bushfires rage across Victoria, fuelled by climate change. Meanwhile, burning coal still provides 70% of Victoria’s energy.
Coal is Victoria’s biggest climate polluter.
Burning Victorian coal is the single biggest source of carbon emissions in Victoria. Victoria is home to the most polluting power station in all of Australia: Yallourn.
Victoria burns a lot of coal.
Victoria burns a million tonnes of coal every week. That’s more coal than would be dug up at the proposed Adani mine in Queensland.
Victorian coal is poor quality.
In Victoria, we burn low-quality brown coal. It’s full of water and therefore very inefficient for making electricity. It creates more carbon emissions than other forms of coal.
Victorian coal makes toxic waste.
Burning Victorian coal releases dangerous chemicals like mercury and sulphur dioxide which poison the air we breathe. It also produces mountains of toxic ash that contaminates soil and waterways.
Victoria’s coal-fired power stations are owned by profiteering energy companies.
Yallourn is owned by an overseas billionaire, while ordinary Australians struggle with spiking electricity costs. Big energy corporations like AGL, Alinta and Energy Australia make more than $400 million a year selling us overpriced electricity, while continuing to pollute our air and climate.

Back in the day, Victorian coal powered our state. But just like asbestos in buildings or lead in children’s toys, the time for Victorian coal is over… It’s time for renewable energy.

Back in the day, Victorian coal powered our state. But just like asbestos in buildings or lead in children’s toys, the time for Victorian coal is over… It’s time for renewable energy.

Our plan for a
100% Renewable Victoria
Our plan for a
100% Renewable Victoria
100% renewable energy
Build 4,500 MW of large-scale publicly-owned energy, and increase the Victorian Renewable Energy Target.
Build big batteries
Invest $500 million in big batteries and pumped hydro storage, centred in the Latrobe Valley and owned by the public.
Phase out gas
New laws to stop all gas drilling, and grants for households to replace old gas heaters.
Solar for schools & public housing
$100 million to put solar and batteries in all public schools. Plus solar and batteries for public housing.
Solar for renters
Provide $1,000 grants for renters to buy into solar gardens, with power savings credited to their bill.
Beyond coal
Phase out all coal plants in Victoria by 2030 and invest in new industries in the Latrobe Valley.
Upgrade the grid
Unlock 2,300 MW of solar and wind energy with upgraded power lines to North and West Victoria.
Public energy retailer
Create Power Victoria to save each Victorian at least $320 on their annual power bills.
Build 100% renewable energy
The Greens’ plan will transition Victoria’s energy away from dirty, polluting coal to 100% renewable energy by 2030. We have a costed plan that will build publicly-owned, large-scale renewable energy, while supporting private and community projects through an expanded Victorian Renewable Energy Target.
Fix the grid and build big batteries
Right now, 2,300 megawatts of renewable energy projects in north and west Victoria are being held back because the grid hasn’t been upgraded. That’s the equivalent of 1.5 Hazelwood power stations! We can invest to upgrade the grid, bring the upgraded sections into public hands, and unlock a solar and wind boom across country Victoria. We can make the Latrobe Valley the battery test-bed for the world by building a battery three times the size of the Tesla battery in South Australia and investing in pumped hydro energy storage.
Solar for everyone
The Greens’ plan will put solar panels and batteries on every school in Victoria, and solar panels on every public housing home. It will give renters and apartment dwellers the right to buy in to solar gardens so they can access solar too.
New jobs and a fair transition for workers
Privatisation was devastating for the Latrobe Valley. Communities are often kept in the dark, like they were when Hazelwood closed. The Greens’ planned transition will ensure this doesn’t happen again. The Latrobe Valley has huge potential for new industries and jobs. With the enormous energy network capacity already in place, the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland is the perfect place to build offshore wind farms, and create a battery and storage test-bed for the world.

A campaign of Australian Greens Victoria.
Authorised by E. Sandell, 1/45 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000.