Committee for Gippsland chief executive Mary Aldred has returned from a trip to Germany to view the country’s energy infrastructure, convinced of the role coal will play in the Latrobe Valley’s future.
There they toured German company RWE AG which built the world’s most modern brown coal-fired power station, the 2000 megawatt plant near Dusseldorf.
“It’s interesting that Germany has been put forward as the flag-bearer of renewable energy adaptation but recently added a new coal-fired power station as part of that mix to address some security of supply issues as well,” she said.
“The bottom line is we’ve got about 500 years of the Latrobe Valley coal resource, we’ve got to be able to adapt to use that whether it’s coal projects like
But she said future uses of coal had to address emissions concerns.