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Victorian Government

The Victorian Government is committed to providing an affordable, reliable and sustainable energy supply for Victorians, and to fostering the efficient and responsible operation of Victoria’s earth resource sectors.

Victoria has the world’s second largest endowment of brown coal, an important strategic resource containing more energy than the North West Shelf oil and gas region of Western Australia. Affordable energy from this coal has long provided Victoria with a strategic advantage, but energy production from brown coal now faces challenges in a carbon constrained economy.

The Government is taking action on a number of fronts to ensure that Victoria’s growing energy needs can be met in a low carbon economy. It is committed to supporting the development of lower emissions brown coal power generation alongside the development of the best use of renewable and other lower emission energy sources.

Through its Energy Technology Innovation Strategy (ETIS), the Government aims to accelerate a variety of pre-commercial energy technologies through research, development, demonstration and deployment stages, so that they are ready for market-uptake. The Government has recently increased funding for ETIS by $41 million and sharpened its focus on the energy technologies that are most relevant to Victoria's needs and resources.

The Government is also investing in carbon capture and storage, contributing joint funding together with the Commonwealth of $100 million for feasibility and commercial definition work on the CarbonNet Project. CarbonNet is investigating the potential for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the Gippsland region to support resource utilisation.

For more information, visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/energy

If you have an event you would like to include in our Events Calendar, send the details through to Kirstyn.Krausz@bcinnovation.com.au
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Events Calendar

14 March 2013

BCIA Workshop “Taking technologies out of the laboratory: challenges and opportunities”, Melbourne, Australia
This workshop organised by BCIA is aimed primarily to assist early-career researchers with an interest in coal and energy technology (eg. PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and those starting careers in industry). See page 8 for more details.

20-22 March 2013

Australia-China Workshop on Novel Carbon Capture, Melbourne Australia
BCIA is sponsoring a collaborative workshop between Tsinghua University in China and Monash University in Melbourne to address carbon capture low-emissions coal developments.

22-25 April 2013

World of Coal Ash, Lexington, Kentucky USA
This conference focuses on the science, applications and sustainability of coal ash utilisation. It will encompass all aspects of coal combustion products/byproducts as well as gasification products. Call for papers now open, visit http://www.worldofcoalash.org/presenters/callforpapers.html

12-16 May 2013

Sixth International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies, Thessaloniki, Greece
The CCT2013 conference will include clean coal technologies, developments in carbon capture, zero emissions technologies and utilisation of low grade coals. For more information visit http://www.cct2013.org/ibis/CCT2013/home

15-16 May 2013

5th Carbon Capture and Storage Summit, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
An interactive platform for International debate on CCS developments and innovations
For further information or to register your attendance visit

2-6 June 2013

The 38th International Technical Conference on Clean Coal & Fuel Systems, Clearwater, Florida, USA
Visit http://www.coaltechnologies.com/

14-16 August 2013

COAL-GEN 2013, Charlotte Convention Centre, Charlotte, North Carolina USA
COAL-GEN is currently accepting abstracts that provide educational and relevant information to the present and future of coal-fired generation. Visit http://www.coal-gen.com/index.html

16-19 September 2013

Pittsburgh Coal Conference, Beijing, China
Visit http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/PCC/

24-26 September 2013

BIT's 2nd Annual International Symposium of Clean Coal Technology 2013, Wanda Vista Taiyuan, China
Visit http://www.bitcongress.com/cct2012/default.asp