The North West Tasmania Renewable Energy Zone (T2 REZ) has the potential to host significant wind, commercial solar and pumped hydro generation. As with other renewable energy zones across Australia, sufficient transmission capacity is crucial to unlock this potential. Essential transmission upgrades include a new transmission route from Staverton to Hampshire Hills.

After considering landowner and community feedback, TasNetworks has today announced the preferred route for a proposed new transmission line from Staverton to Hampshire Hills in North West Tasmania. The preferred route seeks to balance a range of objectives and reduce impacts, on landowners, local communities, and the environment.

TasNetworks CEO, Lance Balcombe, said the company has listened to the concerns of landowners, businesses and the community and has made variations to the initial proposed route for the proposed new Staverton to Hampshire Hills transmission line development.

“The preferred route now traverses more kilometres of commercial forestry land than the initial proposed route that TasNetworks consulted on in late 2019 and early 2020,” Mr
Balcombe said.

“This means less impact on directly affected small private landowners with the overwhelming proportion of the preferred route passing through commercial forestry estates and Crown Land.”

Extensive consultation on the preferred route will be taking place. There will be a live webinar on the 18th of August, drop in sessions at the Cradle Coast Future Energy Hub, and ongoing opportunities to meet with the project team and provide feedback.

You can learn more about the new route and community engagement opportunities here

Information about Tasmania’s Renewable Energy Zones can be found here