The Federal Government’s commitment to a second undersea Basslink cable between Tasmania and the mainland was an important step in the transition towards a 21st century energy system that would help unlock Tasmania’s significant renewable energy potential, the Clean Energy Council said today.
"Building a second electricity interconnector between Tasmania and the mainland would help Australia maximise its renewable energy advantage," Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said.
"Tasmania has been almost entirely powered by hydroelectricity for more than a century, and a second Basslink would allow more renewable energy to be exported to the mainland and improve Tasmania's energy security at the same time.
"It's great to see bipartisan support for stronger interconnection to unlock renewable energy in Tasmania, with the Leader of the Opposition also recently committing to support this proposal, should it prove to be feasible," he said.
Today's announcement coincided with the release of a preliminary report into the feasibility of a second Tasmanian interconnector, completed by the Hon Warwick Smith AM. Mr Thornton said that while the announcement was good news, improved interconnection was just one piece of the puzzle to transition Australia's energy system into the 21st century.
"Australia needs a comprehensive plan to effectively transition away from ageing and carbon-intensive coal-fired power, and towards cleaner forms of energy generation, as well as battery storage and smart technologies," he said.
"The Clean Energy Council's 'Power Shift' blueprint sets out the policy and regulatory measures necessary for this transition. The renewable energy industry looks forward to working with the future government to implement the blueprint, including setting strong and long-term renewable energy targets, and encouraging clean energy innovation."
To download the Clean Energy Council’s Power Shift blueprint, visit www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au/powershift. Please contact Clean Energy Council Communications Manager Laura Szekfy on 0410 277 393 for more information or to arrange an interview.