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$12M For Energy & Greenhouse Technologies

The Minister for Energy and Resources, Candy Broad
The Minister for Energy and Resources, Candy Broad

Victoria will be at the forefront of developments in green energy technologies

By The Minister for Energy and Resources - 8th May 2002 - Back to News

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Victoria will be at the forefront of developments in green energy technologies following a $12 million Government commitment in today’s Budget for a Centre for Energy and Greenhouse Technologies.

The Minister for Energy and Resources, Candy Broad, said the Centre would be a focal point for the development of innovative and environmentally friendly energy industries in Victoria.

"Promoting sustainable development and protecting the environment for the future generations is a major priority under the Bracks Governments 10-year Growing Victoria Together vision," Ms Broad said.

"Today’s announcements help ensure our economy, our communities, and our environment develop in a balanced way," she said.

Ms Broad said the new Centre would co-fund research and development into cutting edge sustainable energy technology. It will also support the demonstration and commercialisation of technologies to reduce greenhouse impacts of energy supply and use in Victoria.

The Centre will be a key focus of the forthcoming Victorian Greenhouse Strategy.

"Victoria has the potential to lead Australia in this field and build up new high technology energy industries – that means more jobs as well as better living standards," Ms Broad said.

"The Centre will facilitate the development of a full range of green energy technologies such as renewable energy resources and energy efficient buildings and appliances, as well as the more efficient use of fossil fuels.

"It will act as a database for energy and greenhouse technologies in Victoria and elsewhere and coordinate the exchange of information between industry, government and research communities.

"Funding of &12 million will be provided over the next three years and the Bracks Government will be seeking support both from the Federal Government and industry partners," she said.

The Centre will be headquartered in the Latrobe Valley with research nodes across the State.

The State Budget also contains $2.8 million over four years for the Cooperative Research Centre for Clean Power from Lignite, Australia’s only research body that develops technologies to reduce greenhouse emissions from brown coal.

"Development of this technology will maintain Victoria’s comparative advantage in low cost electricity generation," Ms Broad said.

The Centre will complement the work of the Sustainable Energy Authority (SEAV) that was established in 2000 to promote renewable energy sources and the responsible use of electricity.


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