Now, Tasmania is totally powered by renewable energy sources

Now, Tasmania is totally powered by renewable energy sources

Tasmania, the Australian island state, is now operating on 100% renewable energy, having achieved its target of becoming completely self-sufficient with clean power 2 years ahead of time. After the 29th of the 31 wind turbines at Granville Harbour, on the island’s western coast, went live, Tasmania accomplished the feat in late November. When the last two are commissioned, the state will have access to a total of 10,741 GWh of renewable generating power – well above its annual energy demand of 10,500 GWh.

In a statement, Guy Barnett, the Energy Minister, said: “Thanks to our long term commitment to fully realizing the green energy potential of Tasmania through our country-leading energy policies as well as making Tasmania especially attractive for industry investment, that in turn creates jobs across the state, especially in our regions, we have been able to reach 100 percent.” For a while, Tasmania had one of Australia’s greenest energy sources. The town of Launceston became the first to be hydro-powered in the world when the Duck Reach Power Station officially opened in the year 1895. In 2018/19, hydroelectric systems accounted for 90 percent of the island’s power output, with most of the remainder coming from wind.

The island state is currently looking to double the production of its renewable to the world-leading target of about 200% of its present needs by the year 2040. Tasmania is also making strides in promoting Australia’s national shift to a renewable energy future with its Battery of the Nation as well as Marinus Link renewable energy ventures and is in the process of investing $1.9 million (AUD2.6 million) in 3 large-scale sustainable hydrogen feasibility studies.

The Australian Capital Territory, the home to Canberra City, leads Tasmania to be entirely operated by renewables. However, the latter produces just 5% of its requirements, with the remaining deficit coming from National Energy Market (NEM). The NEM is disproportionately fuelled by coal and gas, unsurprisingly for a nation known for its natural resources. But for each watt of the non-renewable electricity used by Canberra, ACT purchases renewable energy from wind and solar power from throughout the territory as well as four other states.

Over the last decade, renewable electricity production from Australia has increased by two times. However, the vast majority of the rest (94%) of the country’s entire main energy mix in the year 2018/19 was still actually had fossil fuels, with oil accounting for 39%, natural gas 26%, and coal 29%.

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