Switch Off Hazelwood, Switch On Renewable Energy campaign News

From the the Switch Off Hazelwood, Switch On Renewable Energy campaign newsletter :

    Did you know that the company HRL is planning to build a new coal-fired power station in Victoria?

    Incredibly, the state and federal governments have committed to give $150million of public money to this project. The Environmental Protection Agency is due to rule on HRL’s “Works Approval” application for the proposed 600MW plant sometime in early May. The EPA received a record 4000+ objections to HRL’s application, but there’s still a strong chance that the plant will be approved.

    Join community climate activists from across the country to say:

    No New Coal Power for Victoria!
    9:30am Monday, April 11th
    Federation Square, Melbourne

    Bring your friends, plus banners and placards for a morning of inspiring speakers and action!

    IMPORTANT: Get more info, and sign up SMS campaign alerts here: www.stophrl.org or SMS your name to Shaun 0402 337 077

    National climate summit comes to Melbourne: April 9-11

    The 3rd annual national grassroots climate summit is coming to Melbourne – check out the program & register here There’ll be 2 days of great workshops and forums on the weekend, followed by an inspiring morning of speakers & action on Monday April 11th (see above).

    Wind energy needs your support

    In response to a small but vocal minority, the Baillieu government is planning to restrict the location of wind farms, excluding them from within 2km from any dwelling and tourist and growth areas. While wind farms must be sensitively planned, if enacted this policy would mean 50-70% of wind farms currently proposed will be blocked, eliminating Victoria’s main source of renewable energy. The campaign is calling for the government abandon this policy and instead to encourage the use of renewable energy in Victoria. If you would like to get involved please contact Ellen Roberts, Renewable Energy Campaigner at Friends of the Earth: ellen.roberts@foe.org.au. More information on the campaign is available at yes2renewables.org.

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