Tasmania's sources of renewable energy (letter)by Harry RobertsNews Weekly
, July 11, 2009
There is an inconvenient truth being hidden about Tasmania's positive contribution to reducing greenhouse emissions. Tasmania has a competitive advantage in producing renewable energy from wind, wood biomass and hydro-mass and hydro-electricity.
Yet some green groups oppose wind farms due to their adverse impact on wedge-tailed eagles and orange-bellied parrots. They oppose the burning of residues from sustainable forest-harvesting in a clean, modern and efficient wood-fired power station.
They stopped the Gordon-below-Franklin dam and oppose even small hydro schemes.
The Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO) estimates that each megawatt produced in Victoria and imported by Basslink emits 1.3 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) while each megawatt of power produced in New South Wales emits about 1 tonne of CO2.
Tasmania by contrast emits only 130 kg of CO2 per megawatt.
We must ignore the outrageous claims of green groups and invest in hydro, wind and renewable wood-fired power.Harry Roberts,