Western Australia Minister for Energy Peter Collier
New Power Station To Support Renewable Energy
Victor P Taffa
Energy Minister Peter Collier has opened a 120 Megawatt (MW) Gas-Fired Power Station in Kwinana that will help support Renewable Energy Generation into the State’s Power Grid.
The Dual-Fuel Kwinana Swift Power Station, operated by Perth Energy, has quick response capabilities, taking just five minutes to reach full capacity.
“This will assist with increasing Western Australia’s capacity to manage intermittent power on the grid from renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar.” Mr. Collier said.
“The station will also increase reliability of supply during high demand periods and add significant security during system emergencies through its capacity to quickly switch fuels from gas to diesel.”
The Minister said the open-cycle gas turbine power plant would help the grid accommodate more renewable energy generation, assisting the State to achieve its share of the national target of 20 % by 2020.
“Meeting this target is a key objective of the Strategic Energy Initiative: ‘Energy 2030’, which will provide a co-ordinated direction for WA’s energy sector while delivering a cleaner energy future.” the Minister said.
“The State Government has made major steps towards achieving this target, with a number of programs and commitments already in place, and will continue to press ahead with investment in renewable energy.”
Highlighting its commitment to renewable energy, the Government has:
- Budgeted $23 Million to introduce a residential net feed-in tariff, providing greater incentive for householders to embrace cleaner energy;
- Launched the 206 MW Collgar Wind Farm near Merredin. As one of Australia’s biggest operating wind farms, it will increase the total renewable energy generation in the South West Interconnected System (SWIS) from 5% to almost 9%;
- Allocated $600,000 in the 2010-11 State Budget for the Office of Energy to undertake research and planning for cleaner energy initiatives;
- Provided $12.5 Million through the Low Emissions Energy Development fund towards the next stage of Carnegie Corporation’s five MW demonstration wave power station near Garden Island;
- Provided $2.3 Million for a Geothermal Centre of Excellence, to build WA’s capacity and knowledge about exploration and development of geothermal resources.