THE Federal Government should invest $500,000 into the reinstatement of Portland’s geothermal energy according to Victorian Green’s leader Greg Barber.
Mr Barber told parliament last week that 450 tonnes of carbon dioxide would be saved if geothermal energy became available inPortland again, and he said the Federal Government should help fund the project from its $100 million Putting Locals First program fund.
The program is part of the $10 billion clean energy fund.
“The infrastructure is still there. The remains of the original facility are sitting on the side of the canal, but they are not being used at the moment,” Mr Barber said.
“It needs a good half a million dollars or so, and I hope it is forthcoming from the Minister for Energy and Resources, to prove this thing up to a point where they could get zero emissions energy not just for those places that used to get it originally — those civic buildings — but possibly through other parts of the town as well.”
Glenelg Shire Council allocated $50,000 in the 2011-12 budget for a design and approvals report into the reinstatement of geothermal energy.
The confidential report was submitted to the council last month.
Read more in Monday’s Portland Observer.