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New battery to increase VIC energy storage

WA battery strategy

The Victorian government has announced a new 150-megawatt battery, increasing energy storage capacity for the state.

The battery, named Hazelwood Battery Energy Storage System (HBESS) will be located at the former coal-fired power station in Hazelwood, Gippsland.

It will have the capacity to power approximately 75,000 Victorian homes for one hour during the evening peak.

Minister for Energy and Resources Lily D’Ambrosio launched the project and announced that it will play a key role in achieving Victoria’s energy storage targets.

“We’re leading the nation in our investment in battery and energy storage projects, from the biggest of big batteries to the smallest household units, which will all help us deliver more secure, affordable renewable energy,” D’Ambrosio said.

“Our nation leading energy storage targets are ensuring that Victoria continues to attract industry investment and collaboration opportunities like this.”

The new battery will join Victoria’s other large, utility-scale batteries, including the 300-megawatt lithium-ion Victorian Big Battery.

The news follows last month’s announcement of the state’s aim to cut its emissions by 75 per cent to 80 per cent by 2035.

The state’s government said that its renewable energy storage target of 2.6 gigawatts of energy storage capacity by 2030 and 6.3 gigawatts by 2035, will be essential in reaching this ambitious target.

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