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New South Wales minister says state can ‘absolutely’ stop coal by 2030

The Guardian:

New South Wales can “absolutely” stop using coal power by 2030, the state’s energy and environment minister has said, as he declared it will not appeal a landmark court judgment ruling that regulators must do more to protect it from the climate crisis.

Asked on the ABC’s Radio National whether NSW could meet a UN call for wealthy countries to phase out coal by 2030, Matt Kean said it could, pointing to the state plan to build 12GW of renewable energy and 2GW of energy storage that was passed by parliament with multi-party support last year. He said the federally backed Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro project would also help.

“We absolutely can meet the target,” he said. “We have the biggest renewable energy plan that has been legislated in the nation’s history right here in NSW and that means as our coal-fired power plants reach the end of their lives over the next decade they will be replaced with renewables.”

[Adam Morton]

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