Yallourn emissions now published daily

The Latrobe Valley community can now view daily emissions information from the Yallourn Power Station, as part of the Environment Protection Authority's updated licence conditions. file photograph

The Latrobe Valley community can now view daily emissions information from the Yallourn Power Station, as part of the Environment Protection Authority’s updated licence conditions.

This information will be published seven days a week on the EnergyAustralia website.

Monthly summaries will also be posted online.

It will detail Yallourn’s performance against particle pollution, and levels of carbon monoxide, nitrogen and sulphur dioxide emissions.

EnergyAustralia will also publish any licence breaches, or planned activities which may impact the community. This will be posted on EnergyAustralia’s Yallourn Facebook page.

EnergyAustralia Head of Yallourn Julian Turecek said this year, the company had made “significant investments” to increase continuous emissions monitoring to collect more real-time data.

“Conducting this work and making our emissions data publicly available, we hope to provide members of the local community with greater transparency, continue to build their trust and be a good neighbour,” Mr Turecek said.

“Our emissions are consistently below the EPA’s required levels and it’s important to us that the Latrobe Valley community has confidence in our operations.”

Mr Turecek said he “took pride in Yallourn’s strong track record of improving environmental performance”, supported by a “highly skilled workforce and an extensive maintenance program”.

He said EnergyAustralia remained focused on running Yallourn reliably and safely as an essential part of the electricity supply system until its orderly retirement in mid-2028.

“Our approach is aimed at balancing care for the environment, meeting community standards, and ensuring Yallourn continues to serve its role in powering homes and businesses,” he said.

Mr Turecek acknowledged Yallourn had a “big job ahead”, with the power station’s impending closure and bringing online a four-hour 350 megawatt battery by 2026.

“We know we’re up to the task, and we’re absolutely committed to taking the local community on this journey with us,” he said.