FRIDAY 22 APRIL, 2011 |
Renewable Energy Assessment For Western Australia
The Australian Government has announced work is about to commence on a detailed assessment of the renewable energy potential of the Mid-West and Pilbara regions of Western Australia.
The study will go towards identifying and addressing some of the issues holding
back investment in remote off-grid and areas with only limited access to the
mains electricity grid.
Announcing the successful tenderer, Resources and Energy Minister, Martin Ferguson
said renewable energy
may offer a real solution in terms of supplying electricity to power some of
Western Australia's remote farms, mines and communities.
The study will "pick winners" - assessing the most economically viable renewable energy technologies
and identifying the constraints to their deployment. It will also anticipate
future demands on electricity requirements and infrastructure and how renewable
energy may be able meet these needs.
"Western Australia has some of the best renewable energy sources in Australia ranging from solar, ocean, wind and geothermal, yet has the lowest renewable energy capacity among the
states," Minister Ferguson said.
Like much of Australia, Western Australia is currently heavily dependent on
emissions intensive coal fired power generation.
The company successful in the tender for the assessment is Evans & Peck; an
Australian based firm that provides consultancy on enhancing the development and delivery of infrastructure assets and services.
The Australian Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE) is funding the study. ACRE is part of the Australian Government’s $5 billion Clean Energy Initiative,
a component of the Government's action on climate change and complements the Renewable Energy Target.
from researchers from the University of Western Australia
found Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technologies generate clean electricity for communities and mining operations throughout the
Western Australia's vast Wheatbelt.
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