WA SEA welcomes the launch of the Geothermal Centre of Excellence (WAGCOE), a partnership between The University of Western Australia, Curtin University of Technology and CSIRO, by Mines and Petroleum Minister, The Hon Norman Moore.
WA SEA welcomes the official launch of the Geothermal Centre of Excellence (WAGCOE), a partnership between The University of Western Australia, Curtin University of Technology and CSIRO, by Mines and Petroleum Minister, The Hon Norman Moore.
‘Western Australia must ramp up use of our massive renewable energy resources and having good science to underwrite the success of future projects is essential,' says Prof Ray Wills, Chief Executive of WA SEA, the business chamber for sustainable energy industries in WA.
With Premier Barnett's stated commitments to make use of renewable energy in Western Australia as a part of its support of a national 20% renewable energy target, WA SEA anticipates that the Western Australian Government will be very supportive of developments in this sector.
‘WA SEA acknowledges the Government's support for WAGCOE and promotion of geothermal energy through the release of permit acreage, but would like to see further Government support of pilot and demonstration plants in the Perth Metropolitan area to showcase the potential of geothermal energy to replace or displace the consumption of fossil fuel-based electricity,' says Prof Wills.
Geothermal projects will diversify and grow Western Australia's sources of energy, increase WA's industry base, and create a more robust environment for business and a more sustainable economy for the State.
UWA and Curtin, both members and strong supporters of WA SEA, are key players in the Centre, and we look forward to the integration of the states research and development capacity with the commercialisation of geothermal energy as part of WA's sustainable energy future.
WA SEA believes that the outcomes from WAGCOE will provide long term benefits to businesses and resident's in Perth.
Developments of geothermal energy will be a critical part of the mix for Western Australia for bids by Western Australian-based project proponents, and will improve energy security for WA.
WA Sustainable Energy Association Inc. (WA SEA) Media Release - 3 December 2009
1. Minister Moore media statement http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx?ItemId=132877&
2. The Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association Inc. (WA SEA) is a chamber of businesses boasting a growing membership of 260 industry members from a diversity of businesses, and now the largest state-based industry body of its kind in Australia. www.wasea.com.au.
3. WA SEA bringing you the Energising WA Conference 22-24 March 2010, Perth.