One of the biggest power plants in New South Wales will shut earlier than planned as EnergyAustralia pledges to move away from coal by 2040.
The company will close the Mount Piper Power Station, near Lithgow, by 2040.
The station, which was due to shut in 2042, provides energy to almost 1.2 million homes in NSW and is fuelled by black coal sourced from local mines.
Mount Piper is the state’s newest power station.
EnergyAustralia managing director Mark Collette said the move to renewables would have “significant impacts for our power station workers and our local communities”.
Coal mining is historically one of the most important industries to the Lithgow economy and employs about seven per cent of the town’s population.