Eraring Power Station
News and activity from Australia’s largest power station.
Welcome to Eraring, Australia’s largest power station
Eraring has supplied power to NSW for over 35 years.
Eraring is also one of the most flexible power stations in the National Electricity Market. It’s playing an important role supporting the market’s transition to renewable energy sources, while continuing to provide reliable and affordable energy to our customers.
In these pages, we present you with the latest news on Eraring operations and projects, and updates on our work in the community. We also introduce you to some of the people invovled in running Australia’s largest electricity generation plant.
Our Eraring people, working to get energy right for our customers, community and planet.
Fran Frost – Powered by good energy
Volunteering through the Origin Energy Foundation allows Fran to grow connections with the local community and help those in need.
Charmaine Bretherton – Variety on the job
Charmaine Bretherton left a career in finance to start work at Eraring Power Station 14 years ago.
Eraring at a glance
Eraring Power Station is a black coal-fired power station. It’s located in NSW on the shores of Lake Macquarie, approximately 120 km north of Sydney and 40 km south of Newcastle.
The station comprises four 720 MW coal fired generator units and one 42 MW diesel generator. This gives it an overall generating capacity of 2,922 MW and makes it Australia’s largest power station. It accounts for approximately 25% of New South Wales’ power requirements.
Fully commissioned in 1984, Eraring was acquired from the NSW Government by Origin in 2013. It is our only coal fired power station.
Under the 5 pillars of our decarbonisation strategy, Origin has committed to a cleaner, smarter energy future. We’ve set targets to reduce our carbon emissions and increase our renewables and storage capacity. We’ve also committed to exit coal-fired generation by 2032.
We anticipate the replacement of Eraring’s capacity will be from a combination of renewables, battery storage and gas.
Until that time, Eraring remains crucial to the security, reliability and affordability of power supply in the NEM.
19 August 2021: Origin will be conducting a major maintenance outage on Unit 4 at the Eraring Power Station to ensure the safe, flexible and reliable operations of the power station.
1 July 2021: Origin set to significantly increase coal ash recycling at Eraring
11 June 2021: Nominations are open to fill a vacancy on the Eraring Power Station Ash Dam expansion project Community Consultative Committee (CCC).
Established in early 2020, the CCC comprises 7 community members and a representative of the Lake Macquarie City Council. Due to a resignation, there is a vacancy on this committee and we’re seeking applications from members wanting to voluntarily contribute by joining this group.
These committees, established for State Significant Development in NSW provide a forum for open dialogue between the proponent and representatives of the local community, stakeholder groups and local councils on issues directly related to the project.
How to apply
You’re encouraged to apply if you live locally or are a member of relevant stakeholder groups and you are seeking to constructively contribute to discussions as part of about 4 meetings a year.
Applications must be lodged by 16 July 2021 and sent to the Independent Chairperson:
Margaret Harvie, PlanCom Consulting, P.O. Box 411, Potts Point, NSW, Australia 2011 or email email@example.com
Download an application form and find more information about the CCC at the NSW Government’s Community Consultative Committees page.