March 18, 2021: Utility EnergyAustralia on March 10 said it would bring forward the closure of its Yallourn coal power station in Victoria by four years and replace it with a four-hour 350MW battery by 2026.
The 100-year-old coal station was going to be closed in 2032, but the utility has decided to retire it in 2028 instead, with the battery being installed by 2026.
“EnergyAustralia is determined to demonstrate that coal-fired power can exit the market in a way that supports our people and ensures customers continue to receive reliable energy,” said managing director Catherine Tanna.
“Meanwhile, our new battery will help to secure Victoria’s energy supply and enable more renewables to enter the system. It would be larger than any battery operating in the world today.”
An A$10 million ($7.8 million) support package will be put in place for those who will lose their jobs when the coal plant closes.
In January Australia lost its title of being the world’s biggest lithium battery holder with its 150MW/194MWh Hornsdale Power Reserve facility when Vistra switched on its 300MW/1,200MWh installation at Moss Landing, California.
But the title will return to Australia when CEP.Energy’s 1,200MW giant, announced in January, is installed in New South Wales. It should begin coming online in 2023, the company said.