Energy at heart of Bell Bay’s Major Project Conference

Nic Street, Minister for Energy and Renewables

Tasmania’s commitment to renewable energy will be on show at the Bell Bay Major Projects conference.

Over the next two days more than 100 attendees will hear project updates from multiple industries with a focus on the Bell Bay region.

Minister for Energy and Renewables Nick Duigan said the event was a perfect opportunity to outline the Rockliff Liberal Government’s vision for growing the renewable energy industry in Tasmania.

“It is important for us as a state as it reinforces the Tasmanian vision to become Australia’s renewable energy powerhouse and allows us to highlight the wide range of investments happening in the national energy landscape,” Minister Duigan said.

Green hydrogen will be a critical enabler in Australia’s energy transition to a cleaner and more sustainable future.

“We know that Tasmania, as Australia’s leading renewable energy state, has some significant competitive advantages to offer industry and the world,” Minister Duigan said.

  • We offer our 100 per cent renewable electricity and net-zero emissions status.
  • We are continuing to drive and see significant milestones for our green hydrogen and renewable energy sector.
  • We are close to finalising an agreement with the Australian Government to lock-in the $70 million from the Regional Hydrogen Hubs Program allowing us to deliver the Tasmanian Green Hydrogen Hub at Bell Bay by the end of 2027.
  • We recently launched the Green Hydrogen Price Reduction Scheme with up to $8 million to encourage businesses to produce and sell green hydrogen within Tasmania.

“The transformation of Tasmania into a renewable energy powerhouse will create new jobs, stimulate economic development and place downward pressure on household and business energy bills,” Mr Duigan said.

“It will also help to achieve our legislated goal of net zero emissions, or lower, by 2030.

“The bottom line is that we must continue to invest in new renewable electricity generation, storage, and transmission to support our island’s sustainable development and economic growth.

Tasmania is well on track to achieving The Rockliff Liberal Government’s vision of becoming a leader in large scale green hydrogen production by 2030 and Bell Bay is a key player in that.

“Bell Bay is in the Windermere region I represent, so I personally have a keen interest in the renewable energy opportunities for economic development and jobs in northern Tasmania,” Minister Duigan said.

“With ongoing collaboration, we are confident Bell Bay will play a pivotal role in Australia’s affordable clean energy future.”

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