CRADLE COAST FUTURE ENERGY HUB NEWS

North West energy projects

The West and North West region of Tasmania (the Cradle Coast) is rapidly emerging as a centre for this renewable energy development, with existing and new wind farms, and significant pumped hydro energy storage potential.

The Cradle Coast region is supported by nine local Councils, which together own the Cradle Coast Authority (CCA).

The CCA exists to help connect communities, business and government to work together for the good of the region. Its purpose is to boost regional growth and foster a more resilient economy to lift the living standards of all residents in the region.

Renewable energy has been identified by the CCA as a high value growth sector in the region. Advocating for the region as a centre of excellence for renewable energy is one of the CCA’s priority actions.

The CCA hosts the Future Energy Hub through a partnership between the CCA and the renewable energy industry.

Want to know more about the exciting potential? We’ve compiled a snapshot of renewable energy projects and where they’re up to. You can click through to more information on each project from the links in the table.

Local Government Area Project Proponent Size (capacity) Current Status
Operating
Circular Head Bluff Point Wind Farm Woolnorth Wind 64.75 MW Operating
Circular Head Studland Bay Wind Farm Woolnorth Wind 75 MW Operating
Meander Valley, Kentish Mersey-Forth – 8 run-of-river Hydropower Stations Hydro Tasmania 338.25 MW Operating
West Coast King-Yolande – 3 hydropower stations Hydro Tasmania 156.5 MW Operating
West Coast Pieman – 4 hydropower stations Hydro Tasmania 506 MW Operating
King Island King Island Advanced Hybrid Power Station Hydro Tasmania 470 kW solar, 2.45 MW wind Operating
West Coast Granville Harbour Wind Farm Palisade Investment Partners 112 MW Operating
Approved
Circular Head Port Latta Wind Farm Nekon Pty Ltd 25 MW Pre-construction
Latrobe Wesley Vale Solar Farm Epuron 12.5 MW Pre-construction
Circular Head Jim’s Plain Renewable Energy Park UPC Renewables 240 MW Pre-construction
Under Assessment
Kentish Lake Cethana pumped hydro Hydro Tasmania 750 MW Feasibility study investigations
Burnie Marinus Link interconnector TasNetworks 2 x 750 MW Business Case Assessment complete
Burnie, Central Coast, Kentish, Waratah-Wynyard North West Tasmania transmission developments TasNetworks Upgrades to the existing electricity network and potential new transmission corridors Route selection and landowner and community engagement
In Development
Circular Head Robbins Island Renewable Energy Park UPC Renewables Up to 900 MW Preparing Development Application
Circular Head Western Plains Epuron Approx. 50 MW Preparing Development Application
Feasibility
Waratah-Wynyard Guildford Epuron Up to 300 MW Site Investigations
Burnie Hellyer Epuron Up to 150 MW Site Investigations

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Tasmanian energy fast facts

  • Tasmania is on track to become 100% self-sufficient in renewables by 2022
  • Tasmania now has a new renewable energy target - 200% of current needs by 2040
  • Tasmania is in the path of the Roaring Forties, winds that blow at consistently high wind speeds and are a fantastic wind resource!

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