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Infrastructure Focus Areas

"Tasmania - the leader in Australia's renewable energy future"

Strategic Directions

Coordinated Infrastructure Planning

Effective Governance
and Decision Making

Viable and Sustainable Infrastructure

Efficient Infrastructure Delivery

Leveraging our
Natural Advantage

Coordinated electricity and gas planning processes will deliver efficient energy outcomes

Ensure national planning accommodates local needs

Local planning for diversity, energy supply security and enhancing Tasmania's renewable opportunity

Fostering clean and clever energy for growth by continuing to influence reforms to the National Energy Market

Infrastructure Australia, National Transmission Planner, AEMC Market development function and Tasmanian planning vision and capabilities combine to provide a more certain environment for energy infrastructure investments, greater certainty for users

Improved institutional and resource arrangements for planning function

Favourable climate for economic development and investment will be enhanced through facilitating the competitive market structures and policies that will provide secure, diverse and competitively priced energy

The Tasmanian Energy Regulatory and policy framework to encourage and incentivise energy efficiency and conservation

New energy infrastructure is right sized and future oriented

Clean and clever energy for investment and growth.

Reduced dependence on petrol as a transport fuel

Efficient infrastructure to support new renewable generation and deliver it to users.

A light handed regulatory environment and low barriers to entry to foster the efficient and timely delivery of energy infrastructure

Tasmania will have efficient planning and environmental approval processes for medium to large, renewable energy developments. 

Market rules and governance, facilitate sensible risk taking by network providers
Take account of:

  • geographic spread
  • greater modal competition (gas
  • connecting new renewables

Infrastructure is robust to handle large shifts in demand

New technologies will be utilised to improve the reliability, efficiency and safety of the transmission and distribution electricity grids

Unique advantage in being able to back off Hydro output when the wind blows and export the energy later on at peak prices

Take advantage of Tasmania's diverse and predominantly renewable energy resources

Tasmania will become a beacon and leader in Australia's green renewable energy future, create economic, social and environmental benefits for Tasmania by harnessing the opportunities arising from Tasmania's natural resources and technical expertise

Make good use of Renewable Energy Target scheme payments.

Energy efficiency and conservation will maximise opportunities for the export of renewable energy helping meet Tasmania's contribution to the nations carbon pollution reduction effort

Tasmania is a provider and user of clean and environmentally sustainable electricity through the extensive use of hydro generation and the more recent development of Tasmania's wind resources

New renewable sector driving broader innovation and benefits across industry

  • New generation
  • New support industries
  • New applications
  • Export skills

Tasmania's comparative advantage in energy provision leveraged in industry attraction and energy export

Current Activities to achieve Strategic Directions

Coordinated Infrastructure Planning

Effective Governance
and Decision Making

Viable and Sustainable Infrastructure

Efficient Infrastructure Delivery

Leveraging our
Natural Advantage

The Aurora - Transend joint planning process well established, includes regular liaison to ensure optimal solutions to network issues taking into consideration the performance of the existing systems, the forecast load growth and new generation coming on line

Energy reforms in Tasmania have delivered the secure, diverse and competitively priced energy which underpins the Tasmanian economy.  A mature regulatory framework, strong planning processes,  entry to the National Electricity Market  (NEM) and  growing competition in the electricity retail and generation sectors have ensured that current and future electricity demand is met

The Tasmanian Natural Gas Project   has established an integrated natural gas transmission, distribution and retail industry that connects Tasmania to the Australian natural gas network.  The Tasmanian Natural Gas Project ultimately saw gas become available to 42,000 homes and businesses and was facilitated by a State Government funding contribution of $34 million

Tasmania is transitioning to a national regulatory framework for transmission and distribution network planning which includes the application of rigorous regulatory tests for distribution and transmission investment and is administered by the Australian Energy Regulator

Established and new industries to gain brand advantage from clean energy base

LNG fuels incorporated into transport planning

Tasmania has introduced a market based framework for energy planning while identifying and removing barriers to efficient investment

Undertake wedges analysis for carbon abatement

Investigation of where distributed and embedded energy options make overall sense 

Tasmanian Renewable Energy Industry Development Board established to investigate options for taking advantage of renewable energy resources.

Investigate potential impact of electric vehicles

A light handed regulatory framework has seen gas prices successfully compete with other fuel sources in the Tasmanian energy market

Scenarios for alterative transport fuels investigated
LNG investigated as a railway fuel

Improve market design to provide clearer incentives for the provision of ancillary services






Competitive market structure has resulted in strong industry interest in developing wind and geothermal projects

Participate in national reform affecting:

  • Transmission;
  • Embedded energy; and
  • Energy efficiency









Basslink transmission interconnector has improved security of supply on both sides of Bass Strait; drought proofing Tasmania and substantially reducing generation supply risk for the foreseeable future while providing Victoria and the southern mainland states with secure renewable energy during times of peak demand







Establish LNG site at Westbury



Initiate Current Activities to achieve Strategic Directions

Coordinated Infrastructure Planning

Effective Governance
and Decision Making

Viable and Sustainable Infrastructure

Efficient Infrastructure Delivery

Leveraging our
Natural Advantage

Develop a co-location policy which will facilitate shared access to trenches and easements for road, electricity, telecommunications, gas

Continue to influence the national electricity reform process to ensure that reforms to the NEM, the Expanded Mandatory Renewable Energy Target and the likely introduction of a carbon price, deliver benefits to Tasmanians

Develop and deliver cost-effective energy efficiency and conservation programs to limit consumption growth and diminish reliance on infrastructure based energy solutions into the future

Utilise new technology to improve the reliability, efficiency, and safety of the electricity distribution network


Establish industry hubs where industry can be confident in gaining network access, strong transport links, environmental approvals and community support

Facilitate combined electricity and gas planning to ensure that efficiency opportunities in distributed generation can be captured

Monitor operation of the energy market to identify and address impediments to efficient outcomes

Energy efficiency and conservation is encouraged through land use planning, urban design, and building codes

Ensure the regulatory structure supports the development of the electricity transmission grid to enable Tasmania to further harness its renewable energy resources for local industry and for export to the mainland


Local electricity transmission planning activities will be integrated with the Annual National Transmission Planning Statement produced by the National Transmission Planner

Identify and capture opportunities to access Commonwealth Government energy funding

Develop policies and programs to facilitate extensive retrofitting of energy efficiency measures to Tasmanian housing 

Help consumers to better manage their energy consumption, e.g. through the availability of smart meters and smart grid technology


The development of Tasmania's renewable energy resources will see Basslink  play a bigger role in providing renewable energy to Victoria and the wider NEM 

Work with planning and environmental authorities to ensure there is a streamlined and clearly defined process for the development of renewable energy projects


Consider future transport options which use low emission fuel and technology

Improve cost reflective price signals in the electricity market.

Create a regulatory regime which facilitates the development of 'new renewable' in Tasmania such as solar, wave, geothermal and biomass


Investigate renewable energy zones



Investigate options to facilitate embedded renewable energy generation.

Undertake smart grid pilot program

Work with other agencies and the private sector to assist industry to leverage our clean energy branding 




Improve the feed-in prices for embedded energy on King and Flinders Island

Investigate the development of a second electricity interconnector between Tasmania and the mainland to capitalise on the commercial value of Tasmania's renewable energy assets and make a significant contribution in the national effort to meet a carbon constrained future




Develop an energy strategy for the Bass Strait Islands which increases the use of renewables, reduces reliance on imported diesel fuel, and encourages energy efficiency and conservation

Produce an industry development policy to encourage renewable energy technology and manufacturing hubs in Tasmania








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