TasNetworks has released its Initial Feasibility Report which considers a second Bass Straight electricity interconnector, Marinus Link.
The commitment by the Commonwealth Government of $56 million to fast track the Marinus Link has been named a “positive step” by Energy Networks Australia.
Energy Networks Australia CEO, Andrew Dillon, said, “This project has the potential to bring up to 1200MW more renewable energy into the National Energy Market.”
“Interconnection between markets provides greater flexibility, better reliability and can deliver more affordable electricity for customers.”
The announcement follows the launch in early February 2019 of Project EnergyConnect by ElectraNet and TransGrid for a new interconnector between SA and NSW.
“There is a worldwide trend towards increasing interconnection to manage growing levels of variable renewable generation and it is pleasing to see growing recognition of that need here in Australia,” Mr Dillon said.