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April
20
2017

Prime Minister pumped about expansion of Tassie hydro

 

Source: Financial Review



Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's love affair with pumped hydro storage continues with the federal government promising to help with the expansion of Tasmania's hydropower system to add another 2500 megawatts of potential storage for the National Electricity Market.


Mr Turnbull has already committed the federal government to a $2 billion expansion of Snowy Hydro as a solution to Australia's energy crisis. During a visit to Tasmania on Thursday, the prime minister said the Australian Renewable Energy Agency would assess several pumped hydro storage proposals as well as the expansion of the Tarraleah and Gordon power stations.


"We have talked about Snowy Hydro 2.0. This could be Tassie Hydro 2.0. The energy market is progressing, the evolution of it is very rapid, so I think the sooner we can see the opportunities here in Tasmania, the better," Mr Turnbull said in Launceston.


"There is an opportunity here for Tasmania to play an even bigger part in ensuring that Australians have reliable and affordable energy and, of course, that we meet our emissions reduction targets." 




ARENA will put $2.5 million towards studies looking at boosting Hydro Tasmania's energy output, primarily by replacing the 80-year-old power station at Tarraleah in the Central Highlands (which produces about 550 gigawatt hours of renewable energy each year) and redeveloping Gordon power station as well as examining 13 potential sites for new pumped hydro storage.



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