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MCA criticises no-coal vision

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The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has criticised Infrastructure Victoria for failing to include advanced coal technologies in its assessment of infrastructure options that may assist with the transition to lower-carbon future.

“The paper fails to consider the potential for high-efficiency low-emissions (HELE) technology to produce affordable low-carbon energy from Victoria’s vast brown coal reserves,” said the MCA’s Executive Director – Victoria, Megan Davison.

The state of Victoria is Australia’s second largest energy consumer behind New South Wales, accounting for 24.3% of Australian energy consumption according to figures from the Department of Industry and Science.

Lignite currently provides about 85% of Victoria’s electricity, according to the Victoria State Government website, with four large lignite-fired power plants in the Latrobe Valley – Hazelwood, Loy Yang A and B and Yallourn – producing most of the electricity.

“New technology coal-fired power plants, including ultra-supercritical coal plants, are achieving carbon remissions reductions of up to 30% compared with existing operations,” Davison concluded.

“Applying this proven technology to the state’s brown coal assets would ensure Victorians have continued access to low-cost electricity. It is also likely to present a lower-cost option to taxpayers.”

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