Australia plan largest wind energy project in Tasmanian

Hydro Tasmania has begun community consultation on King Island for its proposed 600MW TasWind farm, which would deliver wind energy to the National Electricity Market (NEM) via an undersea cable to Victoria.

With a price tag of A$2 billion (US$2.08 billion), the project requires a minimum of 200 turbines to be economically viable, which would see turbines stretch across approximately 20% of the small Bass Strait island.

It is still early days, however, and Hydro Tasmania is quick to stress that the project’s future is far from certain. The company has only just entered into the pre-feasibility phase, with a planned three-month community consultation process due to be completed in late February 2013.