168MW Musselroe open with RET plea

Musselroe joins Woolnorth in Hydro Tasmania's wind fleet

Musselroe joins Woolnorth in Hydro Tasmania's wind fleet

Australian utility Hydro Tasmania today urged the country's government to leave the national Renewable Energy Target (RET) in place as it cut the ribbon on the state's biggest wind farm, the 168MW Musselroe plant.

Musselroe – equipped with 56 Vestas V90 turbines – cost A$394 ($350m) to build in Tasmania's northeast.

Hydro Tasmania chairman David Crean said Musselroe was only possible because of the RET – currently the subject of hawkish comments from the government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, which was elected last year.

Abbott has pledged to launch a review of the RET – currently set at 20% by 2020 – and is under pressure from within his party to reduce or even scrap it.

Crean said: “The RET is a key driver for investment in wind farms as well as for the refurbishment and Log in to read complete article.

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