Battery of the Nation a power surge for Tasmanian jobs

Posted: 9th Oct

"Renewable energy is perhaps Tasmania's greatest opportunity for the next decade, with our Battery of the Nation pumped hydro plans, new wind farm projects and now a bigger second interconnector set to create thousands of jobs and billions in investment for Tasmania over the coming years," Mr Barnett said.

"We will provide the nation not just renewable energy, but the most cost-competitive storage options in Australia through our pumped hydro projects, meaning we can supply renewable energy even when the wind isn't blowing and the sun's not shining."

He said the latest independent modelling for the Marinus Link interconnector project estimated up to $6.5 billion would be put into the Tasmanian economy and 2400 jobs created.

Mr Barnett said the new interconnector would help Australia's move to a low-emissions future.

He said the state government was committed to ensuring Tasmanians only paid their fair share of the project, which he said would benefit the nation.

"This is nation building, and both state and federal governments are working together to grab this enormous opportunity with both hands," he said.

Hydro Tasmania in August said it would speed up detailed investigations of three pumped hydro site options.