Tarraleah Power Station, Tasmania

The Tasmanian Government will pursue its legislated goal of improving renewable energy generation by 150 per cent by 2030 and 200 per cent by 2040, identifying several energy projects that could do so.

Last year, Tasmania released its Renewable Energy Coordination Framework, which included a Register of Interest (ROI) for future renewable energy projects.

The ROI has since identified a number of projects currently seeking approval and aiming to start operation by 2030.

Collectively these projects promise to output about 25,000GWh of renewable energy, more than enough to achieve the state target.

Tasmanian Premier, Guy Barnett, said the Government’s policies were working and have driven business and investment interests for the state.

“Our renewable energy policy is working and highlights Tasmania’s renewable energy credentials,” Mr Barnett said.

“Our 100 per cent renewable energy status has driven interest in Tasmania from investors, keen to contribute to helping the environment while at the same time creating Tasmanian jobs.

“This information from the ROI will be used to inform the build out and implement Tasmania’s first Renewable Energy Zone later this year and support the matching of new generation and load growth to achieve our renewable energy future.

“Tasmania can be the nation’s cleanest, smartest and most innovative state. Through the development of more renewable energy, we will deliver jobs for future generations of Tasmanians.

“Ensuring the cheapest form of electricity, renewable energy, supports growing investment and new industries here on island, while helping the nation tackle climate change.”

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