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Calls for details on Yallah power plant


Greens Wollongong Councillor Mithra Cox has called for more detail on the Tallawarra B power station, saying there must be a clear plan for the power station to be 100% powered by green hydrogen within the next decade.

Ms Cox said, “Unless there is a clear plan to power the newly announced Tallawarra B power station from 100% green hydrogen, it is nothing more than green-wash.” 

“Gas is a fossil fuel, and we should not be pouring millions of dollars of public money into fossil fuels.

Independent NSW MP Justin Field has called on the NSW Government to release the details of the subsidy deal with Energy Australia to build a new gas-fired power station in the Illawarra.  

Mr Field said Energy Australia and the NSW Government today announced a deal had been struck to build a new gas / hydrogen-fired power station in the Illawarra after its approval by the NSW Planning Department in 2020. As part of the deal, all scope 1 emissions (the emissions released from burning gas) will be required to be offset and Energy Australia has agreed to “offer to buy” Green hydrogen to meet 5% of the fuel needs for the power station by 2025.  

Independent NSW MP Justin Field said, “let’s be clear about this, the Government and Energy Australia can try to dress this up as a ‘green’ power station, but this is a direct subsidy from the NSW Government for a corporation to build a new fossil fuel power station.”

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