The Federal Government has announced plans to explore adding 2,500 MW of pump storage hydro to Hydro Tasmania’s portfolio. ARENA will contribute $2.5 million towards a study which will explore a replacement of a Central Highlands power station and redeveloping Gordon power station. The study will also examine 13 potential sites for new pumped storage hydro.
The additional pumped storage hydro plant could assist with energy security in times of peak demand. Tasmania currently imports power from Victoria, though with the closure of Hazelwood Power Station prices have increased over the last month. Having additional storage capacity will also allow development of further renewable opportunities in the state.