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‘Completely united’: Treasurer says he and Energy Minister are on the same page amid coal-fired plant closure

Jim Wilson & Ray Hadley
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NSW Treasurer Matt Kean has said he and Energy Minister Angus Taylor “are completely united” after the recent coal-fired plant closure.

“Angus Taylor and I are completely united on our desire to see reliable energy and cheap energy.”

Suggesting that the Energy Minister was informed and not blindsided Mr Kean told Jim Wilson, “this was a decision by Origin Energy”.

“They informed us about the possibility of this on a confidential basis.

“We were able to prepare today’s plan because we keep the confidence of market participants.”

The announcement of the closure of the coal-fired plants may affect power prices with the Treasurer saying: “there is going to be price pressure as a result of the closure”.

“We’re really well placed to handle this closure.”

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Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor is calling out his NSW counterpart after a surprising coal-fired power plant announcement.

Origin Energy will shut Australia’s largest coal-fired power plant seven years early, with the Eraring facility in the NSW Hunter region now set to close by August 2025.

NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean said Origin’s decision was months in the making, with plans to build the largest battery in the Southern Hemisphere.

His federal counterpart told Ray Hadley he only found out about it last night.

“Letting the federal government know in a timely way would be helpful, and that didn’t happen here and it is disappointing.

“It’s delusional to think that a two-hour battery of 700MW can replace this coal-fired power station.”

“Keeping you in the dark over this is disgraceful!” Ray said.

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Jim Wilson & Ray Hadley
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