Final Report

Retirement of coal fired power stations

29 March 2017

© Commonwealth of Australia 2017
ISBN 978-1-76010-542-6

View the report as a single document - (PDF 751KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Committee membership (PDF 22KB)
List of recommendations (PDF 35KB)
Chapter 1 - Referral and conduct of the inquiry (PDF 23KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Note on references
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 - Electricity markets and the role of coal fired power stations (PDF 289KB)

Electricity markets in Australia
Meeting our Paris Agreement obligations

Chapter 3 - Options for the retirement of coal fired power stations (PDF 217KB)

'Barriers to exit' and need for policy certainty
Leaving retirement decisions solely to industry and market forces
Policy mechanisms based on direct regulation
Market-based mechanisms
Recent policy announcements by the Australian Government
The South Australian energy market
International developments in energy policy and markets
Providing reliable power through Australia's energy transition

Chapter 4 - Options for managing the transition away from coal fired power stations (PDF 98KB)

Need for a national transition plan
A 'just transition' for workers and communities

Chapter 5 - Committee view (PDF 41KB)

Reality of the transition away from coal fired power generation
Need for an orderly closure process to encourage price stability and investment certainty
Additional issues and recommendations

Coalition Senators' Dissenting Report (PDF 22KB)


Labor Senators' Dissenting Report (PDF 18KB)
Appendix 1 - Submissions, tabled documents and answers to questions on notice (PDF 19KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings (PDF 14KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526