Gippsland carbon transitioning – We are pleased to announce Ms Mary Aldred, Chief Executive Officer, Committee for Gippsland as a Speaker at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress to be held in Canberra on the 5 – 6 September 2016.
Mary Aldred will present on ‘Our Region Our Future: A Gippsland driven approach to carbon transitioning in the Latrobe Valley;.
The Latrobe Valley energy sector is facing change and upheaval with the impending closure of at least one power station in the near future. This is despite Latrobe Valley electricity generators being among the most reliable and cheapest base load electricity sources in Australia.
Ageing infrastructure and a national focus on the need to reduce carbon emissions will be the driving factors for this closure, as much as any financial imperative.
Beyond electricity generation, there remains (at current usage rates) around 500 years of brown coal resource that can be developed using smarter, more efficient, low emission processes.
Right now, there are thousands of Gippslanders who rely on Latrobe Valley power stations for their living and livelihoods. Exploring these challenges and finding practical, fact-based and long-term solutions that will build a strong economic future for the region is the reason for this report.
More broadly, there are tens of thousands of Victorians who rely on low cost, reliable electricity for their livelihoods in manufacturing and industry.
Gippsland Carbon transitioning about Mary Aldred
Mary Aldred commenced as the CEO of the Committee for Gippsland in 2011.
Having worked in business, industry and government, Mary’s career in the energy sector included a position as Corporate and Regulatory Manager for an energy efficiency business, in a policy role for the retail arm of International Power, and at the Energy Supply Association.
Mary has also worked in government including for a United States Senator in Washington, DC.
Mary has a BA (Hons) from Monash University, and a Master of Agribusiness from the University of Melbourne. She is currently studying for an MBA at Federation University.
Gippsland Carbon transitioning will be one of many topics to be discussed at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress being held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016 to register for the conference CLICK HERE.
With over 60 speakers and 7 confirmed keynote speakers, it is the regional conference to attend. To view the 2016 Conference Program CLICK HERE.