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Dr Donald Payne presented at the Australian Institute of Energy.
Dr. Mirek Piechowski discusses geothermal GSHP technology (with respect to the Four Seasons Pilot Program) on ABC Central Victoria.
Dr Donald Payne has been involved in consultation within the Prime Minister’s Energy Efficiency Task Force – a submission is available to read.
On 30th April 2009, COAG agreed to review the eligibility of GHPs in the extended MRET – a step towards equitable incentives.
GHPs missed inclusion in most government programs (Renewable Energy Certificates, Victorian Energy Efficiency Target, and other rebates like Solar Hot Water) because in 1997 when the first Mandatory Renewable Energy Target (MRET) was developed; there was insufficient awareness & industry.
The present political, social & economic drivers are changing this (e.g. extended MRET) and the industry is maturing. AGEA’s position paper on direct use geothermal was presented to Martin Ferguson, Peter Batchelor, David Davis, Greg Hunt and others from across parliament with positive feedback.
One of AGEG’s charters for geoexchange is to increase awareness, delivery and research in Australia. A GeoExchange Centre of Excellence in Victoria (Funded in part by Vic. DIIRD) is being established and key outcomes include:
CSIRO’s ASKAP is a high-profile application of the GHP technology for which the Prime Minister has awarded funding on 9 Jun 2010. Direct Energy was involved in the design and installation of GSHP to support this project.
An overview of the Geothermal Heating System installation at Mt Hotham from the Alpine Resorts Forum