Lithgow District Chamber of Commerce members and interested locals got an insight into a proposed energy recovery project for Mount Piper Power Station on Wednesday, May 15.
A tour of the site was led by guide Leo Smith, who took guests up 110 metres to experience picturesque views and down near the turbines to get a taste of how the power station operates and where our electricity comes from.
After the tour, a presentation was given by EnergyAustralia's community relations lead Michael Hanley and ReGroup technical manager Romily Webster, on the 'refuse derived fuel' (RDF) development project.
RDF is made from waste such as dirty paper and plastics that cannot be recycled.
The proposed energy recovery project would take place at the Mount Piper Power Station facility, and would use technology widely employed in Europe, according to Mr Webster.
"It's possible the plant could produce electricity for a further 40,000 homes by using RDF," he said.
Lithgow District Chamber of Commerce president Angela O'Connor said the tour and presentation were the first in a succession of community forums to come.
"These presentations will allow for consultation with key stakeholders and interested parties," she said.
An environmental impact statement is currently being completed for the energy project.
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