The Premier John Brumby today officially opened the new $230 million Bogong Hydro Power Station that will deliver enough clean energy to power more than 120,000 homes.
At Bogong in the state’s north-east, Mr Brumby said AGL’s 140 megawatt Bogong Hydro Power Station was one of the largest hydro power stations to be built in mainland Australia in the past 25 years.
“Our Government is taking action to drive investment in cleaner energy projects as we continue to transform how Victoria produces power in a way that secures our energy supply, safeguards our economy and tackles the climate change challenge,” Mr Brumby said.
“The Bogong Hydro Power Station is a great example of how climate change can provide a climate of opportunity – with new investment, more jobs and a cleaner environment.
“Our Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) was a significant factor in AGL’s decision to proceed with this project and shows that our actions to create a cleaner future are working.
“Victoria’s transition to a low carbon future is already well underway and we are determined to continue to deliver lower emissions, new jobs and energy security for Victorian families.
“The key to meeting Victoria’s future energy needs is to deliver new clean energy such as the Bogong Hydro Power Station. It forms part of a grid of cleaner energy including solar, gas-fired and wind power which are all driving up jobs and investment, particularly in regional Victoria.”
The Bogong Hydro Power Station will deliver energy supply to households during high energy demand periods.
Mr Brumby said the project had taken several years to complete and provided a significant boost to the local economy, creating about 200 jobs during construction.
“This project is unique because it delivers clean energy without the need for new dams or new water by reusing water already used by the McKay Creek Power Station,” he said.
“The design has ensured that this project has been great for the economy and great for the environment, producing zero emission energy while conserving our valuable water resources.”
Mr Brumby said the project was also a significant engineering feat.
“The 7km water tunnel between McKay Creek Hydro Power Station and the Bogong Hydro Power Station is one of the largest hard-rock tunnels constructed in the Southern Hemisphere in the last 40 years using tunnel boring equipment,” he said.
Energy and Resources Minister Peter Batchelor said projects such as the Bogong Hydro Power Station would be the key to reducing Victoria’s carbon pollution levels.
“To tackle climate change we need to reduce carbon pollution in Victoria and we are doing this by changing Victoria’s energy mix,” Mr Batchelor said.
“Victoria has strong renewable energy potential from a range of sources, including hydro, solar, wind, geothermal and wave – the completion of this project shows with the right investment and design, we can turn these resources into the clean energy sources we will need for the future.
“We are offering up to $100 million to develop a large-scale solar power station and $72 million available to support large scale renewable energy demonstration projects.”