ABC News Online, Fri Apr 24, 2009
Victorian Energy Minister Peter Batchelor is predicting a coal-fired power station with carbon capture technology could be operating in Victoria within five years.
The environment movement says a target of 2020 is unrealistic, and is more likely to be 2050.
The State Government has announced today former Loy Yang mine manager, Charlie Speirs, will head the new organisation, Clean Coal Victoria.
Mr Batchelor says Mr Speirs' job will be to ensure coal continues to play a big part in Victoria's power industry.
"I think it might be another five years before we see a power station, there's a lot of work to be done but you don't deliver a big change in the fundamental way our electricity is delivered and this new infrastructure network overnight, or during the term of one government," he said.