Tasmania is aiming for a renewable energy mix of 200 percent, but not everyone is convinced that this is the best way to get there

At Robbins Island, off Montagu on the Tasmania’s extreme north-west coast, the wind is nearly always blowing. The sound of frogs hiding in mud holes punctuates the air as black wagyu livestock graze the island’s lush fields. The cattle may soon have to adjust to changes in the landscape, as a wind farm with up to 122 turbines is slated to be built on a privately owned island.

For UPC-AC Renewables, the facility is among three renewable energy fields in the works. To link these projects to the grid, the business is suggesting a new transmission route from the West Montagu to Hampshire, close to Sheffield.

These are only a few of the energy projects that have been proposed in Tasmania, which now has a minimum of 12 private renewable energy initiatives in the works. This investment will assist the state in meeting the government’s goal of generating 200 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2040.

“The Robbins Island venture will make a big contribution to attaining that 200 percent target,” said David Pollington, UPC-AC Renewables’ chief operating officer. “This project will supply low-cost, affordable, and dependable energy into the grid, that will assist the nation’s battery project, the Marinus project, and vital advancements like the hydrogen effort that is being investigated.”

The objective of 200 percent renewable energy is part of a larger vision dubbed Battery of the Nation, which envisions Tasmania supplying clean energy to the rest of the country. “We have a fantastic potential here in Tasmania to do more than do our part and to make it simpler for the remainder of the mainland to transition away from coal-fired generating, away from fossil fuel production, and toward a far greener energy future,” TasNetworks Chief Executive Officer Sean McGoldrick stated.

However, not everyone is persuaded on the path to a cleaner future, with anti-wind turbine groups springing up around the state. “Very few individuals are against renewable energy, and it is crucial for the environment which we do have renewable energy,” said Stephen Pilkington, who works at the Circular Head Coastal Awareness Network, which is a group against the Robbins Island wind farm.

Epuron is working through the permits process for 47-turbine farm 300 kilometers distant from Robbins Island, in the Tasmania’s central highlands at the St Patricks Plains. sEpuron is working on six renewable energy projects, including four wind fields and two solar plants. Members of the No Turbine Action Group (NTAG) have been vocal in their opposition to the St Patricks Plains wind farm and have expressed concerns about Tasmania’s renewable energy policy.

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