GREEN: The potential of renewable energy in the Mid-West and Pilbara regions will be assessed by an international infrastructure advisory firm based in Sydney. Picture: Stephen Cooper Source: The Daily Telegraph
THE renewable energy potential of the Mid-West and Pilbara regions in WA will be assessed after the Commonwealth awarded a contract to a global advisory group.
Sydney-based Evans & Peck was announced by Resources and Energy Minister, Martin Ferguson as the successful tenderer for the Western Australia Regional Renewable Energy Assessment during the Chamber of Minerals and Energy’s AGM in Perth last week.
The study will assess the most economically viable renewable energy technologies in the region and identify the constraints to their deployment while addressing the future electricity demand profile and assessing what network infrastructure might be required or if this can be met through renewable sources.
The Australian Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE) is funding the study as part of the Australian Government’s $5 billion Clean Energy Initiative.
“This assessment will give us a clearer picture of where the potential is, what the obstacles are and how we can best address them,” Minister Ferguson said.
“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.
“Renewable energy may offer a real solution in terms of supplying electricity to power some of WA’s remote farms, mines and communities.”
- Russell Quinn, Business Reporter
- From: PerthNow