Second Basslink cable welcomed by clean energy industry

The Labor Government’s announcement it would support a second Basslink has been welcomed as a step forward by the Clean Energy Council (CEC).

CEC chief executive Kane Thornton said a second cable was important for strong interconnection in the design of Australia’s robust energy system.

“A second undersea cable connecting Tasmania’s electricity grid with the mainland would benefit not only the state, but Australia’s energy market as a whole,” Mr Thornton said.

“Smart investment in transmission interconnection can deliver lower cost renewable energy to consumers, while strengthening overall system reliability and delivering economic benefits from infrastructure investment.

Mr Thornton said the CEC is now looking to work with state and federal governments to bring this infrastructure project to a reality.

“We want to unleash the economic development opportunities that a smarter, cleaner energy system will bring,” he said.