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A changing environment for Australian energy?

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Canberra ACT 2601 Facsimile (02) 6272 2001 International code 616

#OL99/39 18 March 1999

A changing environment for Australian energy?

‘Mounting pressure to reduce emissions in power generation will represent one of the major challenges to the electricity industry in Australia’, Mr Dave Burbidge, Marketing Manager at Stanwell Corporation, said at the OUTLOOK 99 conference in Canberra today.

Mr Burbidge highlighted a broad range of options available to reduce emissions from coal burning plant, including complementing coal with natural gas, gas combined cycle power generation, and cogeneration.

Building on this theme, Mr Franz Crasser, Manager, Power Generation Seimens, highlighted a range of technological developments with the potential to significantly contribute to the reduction of energy use and associated greenhouse gas emissions.

‘However, really it’s not the technology th ing us back on reducing emissions. We need a regulatory framework, tradable permits and competitive gas supply to allow this’, said Mr Crasser.

Dr Murial Watt, Photovoltaic Special Research Centre, University of NSW, emphasised that the development of renewable energy has the potential to make an increasing contribution to reducing the environmental impact of energy supply and use. Ms Watt stressed that the development of renewable energy needs a ‘level playing field’ for developing and marketing renewables, as well as coordination between spheres of government.

‘Development of renewable energy also requires reflection of true costs and externalities in the market, or effective regulation to counter imbalances’, said Ms Watt.

Mr Phillip Harrington, Executive Manager, Australian Greenhouse Office, highlighted the features of national greenhouse strategy policy aimed at enhancing efficient and sustainable energy use and supply.

‘The package attempts to coordinate and extend successful state policies Australia wide’, Mr Harrington said.

Speakers at the session, ‘Energy and the environment’, were:

Mr Phillip Harrington, Executive Manager, Australian Greenhouse Office, Canberra; Mr Dave Burbidge, Marketing Manager, Stanwell Corporation, Brisbane; Mr Franz Crasser, Manager, Power Gen6ration, Siemens, Victoria; Dr Murial Watt, School of Electrical Engineering┬╗ University of NSW.

For further information contact:

During the conference, Margaret Day, OUTLOOK Media Centre on (02 6276 5242 or 018 487 825 After the conference, Andrew Dickson, ABARE on (02) 6272 2173.

ABARE acknowledges the support o f its major O utlook conference partner, Cisco Systems.