Electricity prices are set to rise with the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station, resulting in the loss of 2500 jobs announced at the opening of the largest wind farm in Australia, said the Minister for Energy and Resources.
The Latrobe Valley power station provided 75 per cent of Victoria’s energy supply and was the “biggest greenhouse emitter in the country,” said Lily D’Ambrosio, the Minister for Energy and Resources.
The station’s 2500 workers’ have lost their jobs, and will be retrained “to skill them for jobs in this new carbon-free country.”
Balliang Wind Farm is proposed to provide 200 jobs for locals and power for 200,000 homes for a “cleaner, greener world” by reducing Victorian gas emissions by 8 per cent annually, said Ms D’Ambrosia.
Locals objected to the construction of the wind farm, with 4000 people protesting its proximity to homes in December last year after its announcement in October.