Australia has huge potential to develop offshore windfarms near existing substations, report says

Hunter and Latrobe valleys considered particularly suitable sites as union says industry could offer oil and gas workers a career transition

A new report has found more than 2,000GW of offshore wind turbines could be installed in areas in Australia that are within 100km of substations.
A new report has found more than 2,000GW of offshore wind turbines could be installed in areas in Australia that are within 100km of electricity substations. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters
Australia has the potential to develop a substantial offshore wind energy industry from scratch, with abundant resources available near existing electricity substations across the continent, according to a new report.

The Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre said Australia was yet to capitalise on significant offshore wind capacity despite the International Energy Agency nominating it as one of the “big three” likely sources of renewable energy globally alongside solar and onshore wind.

It found more than 2,000GW of offshore wind turbines – far more than Australia’s existing generation capacity – could be installed in areas within 100km of substations. Environmentally restricted and low-wind areas were excluded from the assessment.

Read the full article published in The Guardian 22nd July 2021