‘Geothermal Energy: the issue in the Latrobe valley’

The following is a press release from Peter Gardner, independent candidate for Morwell. PRESS RELEASE DATE: 25.11.10 Geothermal Energy: the issue in the Latrobe valley Developing geothermal energy beneath the brown coal deposits has become the standout issue in the seat of Morwell. Utilising the geothermal energy caught beneath the coal in the Latrobe Valley has been seen as a practical means to orderly transfer from using dirty brown coal fired electricity generators to clean renewable geothermal power. The plan to change the valley over from coal fired generation  to renewable geothermal has been the main campaign* of Peter Gardner, … Continue reading ‘Geothermal Energy: the issue in the Latrobe valley’

Country Alliance will ‘fight to keep Hazelwood open’

Just in case anyone has any illusions about how bad the Country Alliance will be on climate policy if any of their candidates are actually elected, attached below is a release from the Eastern Victoria candidate for the Party. The Party simply isn’t engaging on the realities of climate change and the need for a just transition away from highly polluting brown coal. Wragg can’t have it both ways Greens candidate Cheryl Wragg is trying to fool the electorate with her views on the future of the Hazelwood Power Station, according to the Country Alliance party. Eastern Victoria candidate Andrew … Continue reading Country Alliance will ‘fight to keep Hazelwood open’

Candidate calls for rapid expansion of geothermal power generation.

Press release 22.11.10 Candidate calls for a Moratorium on all proposed new coal developments and a rapid expansion of geothermal power generation. Peter Gardner, independent candidate in the seat of Morwell, has stated that we need to generate electricity from the geothermal energy that lies beneath the Latrobe Valley coal rather than using the coal itself.  To continue burning the coal will  increase global warming. Recent research described in the New Scientist has identified a new alarming long term danger of global warming.  It is plausible that over the next two hundred years, parts of the tropics will become so … Continue reading Candidate calls for rapid expansion of geothermal power generation.

Greens Pledge To Divert Millions From Coal Into Renewable Energy

The following is taken directly from an article on the Energy Matters website. The Victorian Greens say they will redirect $150 million away from a proposed coal-fired power station in the Latrobe Valley and put the money into renewable energy projects instead. At the launch of the lower house seat of Morwell, Greens candidate Mr Dan Jordan in announced the party’s opposition to the building of the HRL Brown Coal Power Station in the Valley. Instead the money earmarked for that project would go towards more solar, wind and geothermal development in the region. Renewable energy has become a hot … Continue reading Greens Pledge To Divert Millions From Coal Into Renewable Energy

Labor’s Geothermal Pilot Plant Announcement

PRESS RELEASE – ALL MEDIA DATE: 17.11.10 Labor’s Geothermal Pilot Plant Announcement Independent candidate in the seat of Morwell Peter Gardner has congratulated Labor on its recent announcement to establish a geothermal pilot plant in the Latrobe valley at Maryvale. (ABC Radio 11/11) Gardner states that this is “a step in the right direction and calls on the coalition to match or better the announcement.” Gardner’s plan is for the rapid adoption of geothermal power in the Valley and to have an orderly replacement of the old coal generators.  He is also advocating the adoption of the “Tim Flannery” biochar … Continue reading Labor’s Geothermal Pilot Plant Announcement