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Tasmania state in Australia considers biomass power

The Tasmania state government in Australia, is actively considering the use of biomass as a renewable energy source.

Tasmania Minister for Resources Paul Harriss said that due to recent unprecedented events, including the failure of the Basslink, which is the world’s second longest undersea electricity cable, and low rainfall, the government is now considering the use of biomass to generate energy.

Specifically, the government is considering the use of residues from value-added forest operations.

Harriss estimated significant volumes of residues to be generated to power approximately 70,000 homes for a year.

“In the light of the recent unprecedented events affecting our energy security, I can confirm that the Southwood project is once again being actively considered by the government,” he said in a notice.

According to Harriss, the Southwood project was designed to incorporate a biomass power plant fuelled by forestry residues.

He said the project remains investment-ready and would add significantly to the state’s renewable energy capacity.