The energy The minister, Chris Bowen, has outlined proposals for six offshore wind projects across the country, including a 200-turbine wind farm off the coast of Gippsland, claiming the industry could support up to 8,000 jobs and help bolster the country’s energy security.
“We have some of the best wind resources in the world — just one cycle of offshore wind turbines provides the same amount of power as the average rooftop solar installation in one day,” Bowen said.
after a day House passes government bill to cut emissions by 43%Bowen laid out plans to harness what he called “world-class offshore wind energy potential.”
It included a project off the coast of Gippsland in Victoria, with potential sites off Inverloch Beach and Woodside. The 60-day public consultation period opened on Friday.
Five other proposals include developments off the Hunter and Illawarra coasts of New South Wales, near Portland in western Victoria, in Bass Strait in northern Tasmania, and in the Indian Ocean off Perth and Banbury. Consultation periods on these proposals have not yet been announced.
Bowen said the sites were chosen because of “good to excellent” wind resources, existing power generation facilities, connections to transmission networks, and locations near ports or industrial hubs.
The wind farms will be built in Commonwealth waters, starting at 5.5 km offshore, and will house up to 200 turbines.
There is currently no power generation in Australia from offshore wind, which was previously considered very expensive and difficult to build compared to onshore wind or solar. In September, Morrison’s government Legislation has been introduced to create a framework To create and operate marine energy sources, including wind energy.
The Ai Group’s director of climate change and energy, Tennant Reid, said offshore wind has “enormous” energy potential, using strong winds continuously off the coast.
The Labor government plans to 82% of Australian energy will be generated from renewable sources by 2030. Bowen said Australia was “lagging behind the rest of the world” in wind power generation.
Gippsland National Representative Darren Chester said his constituents have “abundant” wind resources, and predicted that a proposal to build a 200-turbine wind farm off the coast of Gippsland would be warmly welcomed by most voters.
The turbines will be located between 7km and 25km offshore and can meet up to 20% of Victoria’s electricity needs.
“Consultation and respectful community participation are critical to ensuring the region understands the potential impacts and benefits of offshore wind projects,” Chester said.
“It is important that issues surrounding transmission lines are dealt with through private ownership of linking large-scale renewable energy projects to the national grid with sensitivity and transparency.”
Bowen said he expects there will be “very real concerns” raised by some locals and the fishing industry about the Gippsland project, nicknamed the Star of the South, and that his administration will listen.
“People all over the world have found a way for recreational and commercial fishing to work in tandem with offshore winds,” he said.
The Liberal MP for Northern Tasmania’s Braddon seat Gavin Pearce said he welcomed a proposal to develop offshore wind power in waters north of his constituents but wanted to see “affordable, reliable and practical” power generation.
“Everything I hear from the government is about investing in intermittent renewables,” he said.
The CEO of the Clean Energy Council, Ken Thornton, said offshore wind was a “huge opportunity for Australia”.
Reed said there are still questions remaining about the deployability of offshore wind energy, and the periods in which it will be available, but that it has the potential to add “tens of gigawatts” to Australia’s grid.
“It appears that the offshore wind will increasingly play a very important role in the entire system,” he said.
“The challenge is to match what happened in Europe. It is not just a matter of higher ambition but [also depends] If we have the skills, supply chains, regulatory approvals and supportive policies on demand.”