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The State Government is more hopeful of Federal investment in pumped hydro infrastructure in Tasmania and a second Bass Strait power cable following talks in March between the two governments. As a debate about energy reliability and affordability dominated the national political landscape, the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, announced plans for pumped hydro to double the output of the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme. Tasmania also has suitable terrain for pumped hydro, as well as the renewable energy to pump water back to highland storages so it can be used again and again to generate electricity. Tasmania’s Minister for Energy, Matthew Groom, said: “The Prime Minister acknowledged Tasmania’s further renewable energy potential and has committed to detailed discussions with the Tasmanian Government to advance a number of significant renewable energy developments in wind and hydro. I also raised … the second interconnector and the role it would play in maximising Tasmania’s contribution of renewable energy into the national energy market.”

6 April 2017, Edition 182

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