Around the world, the way we generate energy is rapidly changing to shift away from fossil fuels like coal.
Coal power generation on mainland Australia is reaching the end of its lifespan and will eventually be phased out.
With less coal power being generated in Australia, there’s an opportunity for Tasmania to export renewable energy from hydro and wind interstate through Basslink and the potential Marinus Link into the National Electricity Market (NEM).
The NEM is an interconnected electricity system supplying power to nearly 9 million customers in Australia’s eastern and southern states and territories (Western Australia and the Northern Territory aren’t connected to the NEM).
A significant contribution to Australia's energy needs
Once complete, the Robbins Island and Jim's Plain Renewable Energy Parks will significantly contribute to Australia’s energy needs via the NEM. These energy parks will combine use of wind energy, pumped hydro (Battery of the Nation) and the existing hydro system, with more electricity connections like Basslink and the proposed Marinus Link to the NEM.
Our energy parks are in a world-class windy area capable of consistent generation and reliable output during peak times, when demand for power is high.
Once at full capacity, our energy parks would generate more than 1,000 MW of clean energy into the NEM – that’s enough to power up to 500,000 typical Tasmanian homes.
Maximising opportunity through Marinus Link
For Tasmania to contribute more power to the NEM, Australia needs more interconnection between Tasmania and Victoria. Marinus Link is the important proposed new interconnector that would deliver increased transmission capacity. It is currently being explored by TasNetworks.
The existing interconnector (Basslink) is nearly at capacity and wouldn’t be able to handle the extra generation from new developments.
Tasmania is at the forefront of the transition to a clean energy future. Robbins Island and Jim's Plain Renewable Energy Parks are part of the solution to get there.