Renewable Energy Hub
The Committee for Portland recognises our region's vast potential for renewable energy generation, and with momentum building we are actively pursuing the title of Renewable Energy Hub of Australia.
This is a very exciting initiative and one that we know can make a difference, not only to our own economic capacity, but also to the great challenge of transitioning Australia to a low carbon future.
The winds of opportunity assure Portland - Terry Ryder article in the Australian, Aug 27 2009.
Ocean Power Technologies and Lockheed Martin to Collaborate on Utility Scale PowerBuoy for Oregon Wave Project - Press Release Sept 13, 2011, Ocean Power Technologies, Inc.
Ocean Power Technologies and Lockheed Martin to develop Wave Energy Project in Portland, Victoria - Press Release 12 July 2012.
Ocean Power Technologies and Lockheed Martin to develop Wave Energy Project in Australia - Press Release 11 July 2012 Lockheed Martin & Ocean Power Technologies.
Renewable energy initiatives in Portland either already taking place, being planned, or potential future initiatives.
1. Wind – In the region 84 turbines have been built with a combined output of 150MV and the construction of 584 turbines have been approved, which will generate additional output of 1032MV. Applications for approval are pending for a further 133 turbines in the region.
2. Wave power - A $66.5 million grant has been made available to Victorian Wave Partners Pty Ltd to construct the first commercial-scale ocean energy project in Australia. The partnership comprises Ocean Power Technologies (Australasia) (OPT) and Leighton Contractors.
3. Geothermal – The Portland township has a history of supplying ‘low end’ geothermal energy for commercial sites. This service no longer operates but the resource remains in the form of naturally hot water, not only at Portland but also throughout the region.
4. Biomass from wood pellets – The Glenelg Shire Council has approximately 25% of Victoria’s pine plantations and this is an excellent resource for any Biomass projects.
5. Biochar from organic waste or Co-generation - The Federal Government announced in May 2009 that it would spend $1.4 million on biochar research. A South West Victoria Biochar Action Group, including members from major industry, local government, community groups and utility organisations, has already been formed and is actively investigating opportunities to establish a viable industry in the region.
6. LNG – Project involving using alternative fuels for transport to be trailed by Tony Noske Transport.
Stakeholder companies and groups
1. Pacific Hydro, a world class clean energy company, is responsible for the development and management of the Portland Wind Energy Project.
2. Established access to the national power grid through the 500kV supply line to Portland Aluminum (Alcoa)
3. The Port of Portland is the major import gateway for wind blades and wind turbines for projects throughout South East Australia. The Port supports the trade, working with importers, stevedores, transport operators and VicRoads to achieve a seamless removal of componentary from ship to site.
4. Well developed commercial and social infrastructure that can support a much larger industrial base and population.
5. Portland is home to wind tower manufacturer, Keppel Prince Engineering, part of an international organisation with specialist skills and knowledge in renewable energy engineering, installation and maintenance. It is extending its Australian activities into wave, hydro and solar energy solutions.
6. Repower Australia has established a service centre in Portland and works with the local branch of Kempe Maintenance & Engineering to provide maintenance services to the Portland Wind Energy Project.
7. Local electrical contractors, R & M Menzel Pty Ltd, have provided their staff to undertake electrical works and provide training in Europe as well as working on a number of wind farms in SW Victoria.
8. A skilled industrial, professional and trade services base that supports existing heavy industries such as aluminium smelting, fertiliser production, wood chipping and mineral sands refining.
9. A supportive and enthusiastic community, which wants renewable energy of all scales to be a major part of our region.
Portland New Energy Forum - 6th May 2011
Following on from the inaugural New Energy Forum conducted in Warrnambool Victoria last October directed to developing an ongoing collaborative structure for the New Energy sector in SW Victoria (possibly ranging across information exchange, the development of a new energy voice for the region, and more efficient engagement with Municipal, State and Federal agencies) a second Forum was conducted on 6 May, 2011.
Portland New Energy Forum Minutes
About the Committee
Committee's for - Gathering
Portland Young Professionals Network (YPN)
Renewable Energy Hub