WA’s clean energy potential highlighted0
Posted by Admin | Posted in Main, Solar News Australia | Posted on 09-11-2011
The Federal Government has released two reports that examine the potential for increased clean energy development in Western Australia’s Pilbara and Mid West regions.
The reports, commissioned by the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy, highlight the potential environmental and economic gains from an increase in renewable energy usage in the two regions.
The reports are entitled: Assessment of the potential for renewable energy projects and systems in the Pilbara, and Assessment of the potential for renewable energy projects and systems in the Mid West.
The reports demonstrate that there are multiple opportunities for wind energy, solar energy and bioenergy in both regions, based on the natural resources available.
Federal Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson said that increasingly expensive traditional fossil fuels such as diesel and gas make clean energy generation an attractive alternative.
“These reports provide us with a much clearer picture for the potential use of renewable energy in the Pilbara and Mid West regions, which are dominated by energy intensive mining and processing activities as well as agriculture,” Minister Ferguson said.
“The key is enabling the mining industry to recognise the benefits of renewable energy and look past the high upfront capital costs that may be recoverable over longer periods of time due to lower running costs than conventional fossil fuels”.
Article 8th November 2011 -