One of the many things I'm really enjoying about this role is getting out and about throughout the region, meeting people and businesses from all different parts of the sector, as well as from other industries, like last week when I attended the Australian Carbon Innovation Day at Federation University's Churchill campus.
This event featured a huge turnout of very notable speakers including Dr Allan Finkel who spoke about the opportunity for hydrogen to be an alternative high density fuel source.
According to Steve Dimopoulus MP, the Latrobe Valley is well placed to be a world leader in the production of hydrogen energy for the future, and he indicated that there are plans underway to test the hydrogen supply chain.
In the longer term, this could be a game changer for Gippsland's transition away from traditional energy production, and according to Richard Bolt, the Vice President for Strategy and Innvoation at Swinburne University, Gippsland could be a a focal point for energy supply to the world - in his words;
"If I was the goddess of hydrogen, I would come to Gippsland - there are huge advantages like coal, water, ports, storage and the potential of huge winds offshore"
How we as a community achieve this will remain to be seen, but it's clear that whilst renewable energy sources are a big focus, that certainly needs to be matched with community acceptance.