Ramsey Welcomes Announcement for Energy Project at Cultana
Posted on Tuesday, 21 February, 2017
for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he is pleased the Australian Renewable Energy Agency
(ARENA) is finalising a grant for a feasibility study by EnergyAustralia to assess the
viability of a pumped hydro
energy storage project in the Upper Spencer Gulf.
“EnergyAustralia already has electricity
assets in Grey operating windfarms at Cathedral Rocks and Hallett. This
type of investment in storage providing
a 'retrofit' for some of the existing wind generation is exactly what I have
been calling for,” Mr Ramsey
“The $450,000 from
ARENA will assist EnergyAustralia in assessing such things as elevation,
proximity of water, site suitability and land access with all interested
“This project will in no way jeopardise the solar thermal
proposals for Port Augusta and I continue to work toward an announcement in that area.
“The last few months have shown us just how important
the Northern Power Station's base load capacity was to the SA network. Energy storage is critically important to
respond to our current challenge. The State Government should be insisting all
new renewable projects are built to include storage and separately encouraging others
to invest in a range of
emerging cost-effective technologies that can deliver stability and
security to the electricity
“The proposed storage facility, likely be
situated on Defence Land at Cultana, would have the capacity to buy electricity cheaply and despatch it
when needed, providing certainty for South Australian users.
Pumped hydro energy storage is a mature and cost-effective storage
technology that can help address our needs.
The Government has already provided significant support for
large-scale energy storage projects and research with $220 million of funding
for a suite of energy storage projects across the country.
ARENA is supporting a study by ANU to develop a map of potential
sites for off-river pumped hydro projects.
At the Government’s request, ARENA and the
CEFC have agreed to work together on a priority new funding round for
large-scale storage and other flexible capacity projects including pumped
Energy Australia will continue to consult with local stakeholders, including
the Department of Defence.
Media Contact: Leonie
Lloyd-Smith 08 8633 1744
February 21 2017