Premier Lara Giddings and Minister for Energy and Resources Bryan Green summarized plans for a second Basslink cable at yesterday’s official opening of the $395 million Musselroe Wind Farm.
According to the media release issued by the Premier, a second Basslink would reinforce the aspiration of the Tasmanian State Government for further renewable energy development.
“In order to maximise our clean energy advantage, a second Basslink cable is likely to be required in the not too distant future. A re-elected Labour Government will task the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources with undertaking the full feasibility analysis of a second interconnector for Tasmania by the end of the first year of the new term,“ said Ms Giddings.
“This work will be undertaken in parallel with Hydro Tasmania’s feasibility study into the TasWind project on King Island. We believe a second Basslink cable is an important part of cementing Tasmania’s position as Australia’s renewable energy powerhouse and a world leader in the field.”
Mr Green pointed out that the State Government had a proud history of supporting renewable energy investment, mentioning the Woolnorth wind farm and the original Basslink, as well as the King Island renewable energy trial.
“The Musselroe Wind Farm is a powerful example of our commitment to renewable energy. More than 200 people were employed during the construction phase and the completed wind farm will now generate enough energy to supply the needs of up to 50,000 homes,” said Mr Green.
“Much of that renewable energy will be sold over Basslink to generate revenue which is used to deliver essential services like health and education. We want to see more wind farms like this and other renewable energy projects but that also means we need to start planning for the infrastructure that will be required now and into the future.”