Coal Impacts Index


Incidents in the Index


Licence Breaches



About the Coal Impacts Index

The Coal Impacts Index is the most comprehensive list of breaches, breakdowns, and pollution events at Australia’s coal fired power stations ever assembled.

The Index uses a variety of data sources to track four main kinds of ‘incidents’ at the 16 coal power stations in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, that make up Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM).

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Licence Breaches

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Incidents index

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  • Jun, 2015

    Bayswater Coal Power Station releases 12,253,123 tonnes of CO₂ thoughout the year.

    Refers to total scope 1 emissions (t CO₂-e) in the year to 30 June 2015 from owner AGL, according to the Clean Energy Regulator. Previous owner, Macquarie Generation, reports releasing 2,650,584 tonnes of CO₂ from the same facility in the same year.

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  • Feb, 2015
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    Yallourn reports licence breach related to spills into Morwell River

    The VIC Environment Protection Authority alleges Yallourn did not comply with a licence condition, in reference to spill of ash saline wastewater. 8.548 ML of saline effluent spilled into Morwell River.

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Where is this information from?

The data in the Coal Impacts Index is collated from a number of sources, including government reports and tracking, corporate databases, research reports and self-reported data from power stations. For more information about the individual sources for each of the incidents listed in the index please see the Sources page.

See the full list of sources and footnotes here