Burning Forests for Electricity!?!

Basslink and forests

Tuesday, September 10, 2002

The proposal to connect the electricity grids of Tasmania and Victoria (via Basslink) has come under fire in recent weeks due to fears that Victorians will be buying energy generated by the cutting down, pulverising and incineration of Tasmanian forests.

These fears have met with strong denials from the proponent of Basslink (BPL). They argue that only wind and hydro power will be sent through the Basslink cable. In fact Basslink P/L wont have any say as to what goes through that cable.

Playing with fire

Monday, July 1, 2002

There are plans for a new 30 megawatt power station in the Latrobe Valley, to be fuelled by wood.

International banking group Babcock and Brown and Californian-based National Power Australasia Incorporated are proposing the project which would need 280,000 tonnes of wood per year. They are offering 25 year contracts to suppliers.

Their spokesman is claiming it will be 100% eco-friendly - using only waste wood - just like woodchips.

Good news on biomass - Wood-fired power plan rejected

Sunday, September 2, 2001

Stanwell Corporation is re-designing its proposed cogeneration plant at the Maryborough Sugar Mill, after the Queensland Government rejected its original plans to use native forest waste. It said "any project that depends on the use of native forest hardwood residues as supplementary fuel cannot be supported, even as an interim measure." The Government suggested the company look at using cane trash or other options.