The threats of climate change, natural disasters and peak oil make it imperative that the region seeks to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels and develops reliable and alternate energy sources though unique opportunities and emerging innovations in hydro, wind, solar and biofuels.
The vast majority of the region’s energy supply is via transmission and distribution networks connected through the grid, to state owned power stations or, in some cases, by diesel generators.
The development of a renewable energy sector will enable local power generation and distribution which enables the region to secure the long term growth, prosperity and well-being and decreases the risks associated with loss of power in terms of economic productivity and community safety.
Local renewable energy opportunities further mitigate the risks of higher electricity costs and transmission losses and will enable the region to better manage demand, increase reliability and security and reduce emissions whilst enabling future regional economic growth.
Wind and hydro energy projects currently exist in the Atherton Tablelands (as outlined in the Our Economy, Our Future 2013 report, ‘Our Physical Assets’ section) and there are further new projects underway. Some potential also exists for geothermal electricity generation.