Tasmania considers biomass to increase energy diversity

By Erin Voegele | February 18, 2016

The government of Tasmania, Australia, has announced it is actively considering the use of biomass as a renewable energy source.

On Feb. 7, Tasmania Minister for Resources Paul Harriss published a notice indicating that due to recent unprecedented events, including the failure of the Basslink, which is the world’s second longest undersea electricity cable, and low rainfall, the government is now considering the use of biomass to generate energy. Specifically, the government is considering the use of residues from value-added forest operations.

Harriss estimated significant volumes of residues are generated to power approximately 70,000 homes for a year. “In the light of the recent unprecedented events affecting our energy security, I can confirm that the Southwood project is once again being actively considered by the government,” he said in the notice.

According to Harriss, the Southwood project was designed to incorporate a biomass power plant fueled by forestry residues. He said the project remains investment-ready and would add significantly to the state’s renewable energy capacity.

Additional information is available on the government of Tasmania website.