The forum held on March 14th was a very interesting and informative session. TasNetwork presenters Laura Jones and Michael Verrier elaborated on their prepared slides, that related sometimes quite technical details, in a manner that was accessible to every one present and clearly demonstrated their professionalism and expertise. Questions after each presentation afforded more clarification and quite a deal of general discussion around renewable energy and the payback time for battery storage, assured electricity supply via cable and in the case of disasters such as bushfire, by diesel generators.
The main takeaway messages from the forum were:
1. The Bruny Battery Trial was a success across several measures as has been previously related on this site .
2. The replacement cable for the one damaged by a boat anchor and which crosses from Tinderbox to Dennes Point will be approximately 3 times the capacity of the original. Amazingly the original cable has been in situ and operating since 1949.
3. There is still much analysis and research to undertake before the cable can be ordered and it is unlikely to be replaced before Feb 2021. Meanwhile additional diesel generators and remote switching upgrades will ensure supply in power outages or should a problem develop with the other cable.
4. The second cable to Woodcutter Point is due for renewal in the next few years and TasNetworks are committed to consultation with the community in those decisions.
5. There is potential for renewable energy development projects and or community based electricity generation.
It was agreed to hold a further forum in 4 to 6 months time – COVID -19 circumstances allowing.
See the presentation slides here.