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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

13 July 2006

Extra wind turbines for two remote WA towns

The two remote Western Australian towns of Hopetoun and Denham are cutting their diesel fuel consumption and improving environmental outcomes through increased electricity generation from two new wind turbines.

Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said the wind turbine expansion was supported by $1.8 million Australian Government funding through the Renewable Remote Power Generation Programme.

"Hopetoun and Denham are two towns where wind generation of electricity is making a big difference to their economic and environmental health," Senator Campbell said.

"In Hopetoun, the expansion project will provide an additional 1100 megawatt hours each year. The town will reduce its annual diesel consumption by 220,000 litres and prevent around 600 tonnes of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere.

"The results from Denham are equally good. It's expansion project will add 705 megawatt hours of electricity and save 230,000 litres of diesel fuel annually, plus avoid the release of 620 tonnes of greenhouse gases."

Both projects include the installation of additional 'low load' diesel generators specifically designed to integrate with the wind turbines, and which allow more wind-generated electricity to be included in the power supply.

"Wind is a clean and reliable energy source that works well in these communities. Combined with modern, efficient diesel generators, these two towns are now assured of sufficient electricity supplies for their future development needs," Senator Campbell said.

"With the development of the Ravensthorpe nickel mine, nearby to Hopetoun, clever technological solutions were needed to ensure future high quality electricity supplies. These supplies are now assured and the town will benefit from the economic boost the mine brings."

Approximately $205 million is available under the Australian Government's Renewable Remote Power Generation Programme to support the installation of renewable generation equipment that displaces diesel generation in remote parts of Australia.

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