Tasmania is now one of only a few places worldwide entirely powered by renewable energy. The island state of Australia announced recently that its wind and hydroelectric projects had made them entirely self-sufficient.
“We have reached 100 percent thanks to our commitment to realizing Tasmania’s renewable energy potential through our nation-leading energy policies and making Tasmania attractive for industry investment, which in turn is creating jobs across the State, particularly in our regions,” said Guy Barnett, the Tasmanian energy minister.
The state has a long history with hydroelectric generation. The first hydroelectric station in the state was built in the late 19th Century. From 2018-2019, approximately, 90% of the island’s energy has come from hydroelectric. Previously, Tasmania was reliant on fossil fuels to make up the remainder. Advancements in wind energy production in the state now means that no fossil fuels need to be burned to power Tasmania at all, however.
Tasmania actually announced last year that they had hoped to reach 100% renewable energy by 2022. They managed to achieve their goal two years early in part due to a large project, The Granville Harbour wind farm, being connected to the power grid recently. The project alone is capable of producing enough energy to power 46,000 homes in the area.
This summer, the government of Tasmania announced they were setting even more lofty goals for its renewable energy production. The state hopes to hit 200% renewable energy by 2040. The additional energy produced would then be provided to Australia’s National Electricity Market.
“There has never been a more important time to manage the transition to renewable energy,” Barnett said. “As a result of COVID-19, there are unprecedented challenges facing Australian households and industries.By seizing Tasmania’s immense potential, renewable energy can grow our economy, attract investment, create jobs and support Australia’s transition to renewable supply.”
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