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EnergyAustralia says it has brought forward the closure of the Mount Piper coal-fired power station in NSW by three years, as part of a plan to accelerate its exit from coal.

EnergyAustralia had originally indicated that the 1,400MW Mount Piper coal power station – near Lithgow – could operate until at least 2043.

But in a new Climate Change Statement published on Thursday, EnergyAustralia says it will now aim to transition entirely out of its coal generation assets by 2040.

This will see the power station close three years earlier than originally planned, and follows a decision by EnergyAustralia to bring forward the closure of the Yallourn power station in Victoria by four years, starting in 2028, after striking a deal with the Victorian government.

[Michael Mazengarb]

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