Battery of the Nation

Becoming the Battery of the Nation

“It is the blueprint for what Tasmania can contribute with these great resources, with augmenting the hydro system, with more interconnection. It is about what Hydro Tasmania can do, what Tasmania can do, in the future.
“Through Hydro Tasmania, and our consulting business Entura, our island offers the necessary experience, skill, and renewable energy platform to take a leadership role.”
Steve Davy, Hydro Tasmania CEO
April 2017

Hydro Tasmania CEO Steve Davy set out this vision for the state, accompanied by the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and Tasmanian Premier, Will Hodgman, who announced support for feasibility studies into boosting Tasmania’s clean energy capacity and making a greater contribution to the National Electricity Market (NEM).

With the support of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the Battery of the Nation initiative is advancing studies into projects that can significantly increase Tasmania's hydropower generation.

With further interconnection, favourable market settings and a sound development plan, Tasmania could produce significantly more renewable energy and realise the full potential of Tasmania’s hydropower system.

What are the benefits?

  • Support reliable and cost effective energy supply for Tasmanians and customers in the NEM
  • Be good for the state's economy (development and jobs)
  • Make a contribution to 'decarbonising' the NEM (clean energy)
  • Support energy security in Tasmania and the NEM

A quick look at the Battery of the Nation

  • Future State NEM Analysis - building and testing models of a future Tasmanian energy landscape including energy storage, generation, demand response and transmission investment and what expanded role Tasmania could play in the future NEM.
  • Pumped hydro storage assessment - completing an extensive assessment process across Tasmania to shortlist key regions and specific sites to take to the next stage of study.
  • Hydro system augmentation and improvement - projects that will improve and optimise our existing hydropower generation.