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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 859 asked in the Legislative Council on 28 November 2017 by Hon Colin Tincknell

Minister responding: Hon A. MacTiernan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 28 November 2017

      859. Hon COLIN TINCKNELL to the Minister for Regional Development:
It was reported recently in The West Australian that the first step in the $50 million wave energy project in Albany has been installed.
(1) What is the breakdown of where the $50 million is coming from?
(2) How much, if any, are each of these bodies contributing to the project —
          (a) the state government;
          (b) the federal government;
          (c) the local government; and
          (d) private enterprise?
(3) Approximately how many homes will be provided power from the energy created?
I thank the member for the question.
      (1) The Albany wave energy project is a $53 million project and comprises a contribution from Carnegie of 48 per cent, a contribution from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency of 22 per cent, and a contribution from the state government of 30 per cent.
      (2) (a) There is $15.75 million of state government funding.
          (b) There is $11.7 million of ARENA—that is the federal government—CETO 6 grant funding.
          (c) Nil.
          (d) Private enterprise will contribute $25.6 million.
      (3) The electrical power produced from the one-megawatt wave energy converter device will be distributed into the south west interconnected system. The successful export of electricity into the south west interconnected system is a key deliverable under the agreement, with the export of one megawatt of power being enough to power around 200 homes.
      This initiative is bigger than just power generation; it has the real potential to develop world-class renewable energy technologies and skills in the great southern and should help to drive new opportunities across the renewable sector in Western Australia.