Alternative energy options: The Aurecon Report. Photo Contributed
Alternative energy options: The Aurecon Report. Photo Contributed Contributed

Region locked in power battle

THE Power Community Reference Group continues to deliberate over the best way to give power to the people, and despite findings from an independent report, wind farm proponent Tim Lucas is standing by his proposal to use alternative energy sources.

The report by specialist technical services company Aurecon concluded "the most cost-effective and practical option is to install a second 110kV subtransmission feeder from Warwick to Stanthorpe".

However Tim Lucas, who made a presentation to the CRG in February, maintains his Rabbit Ridge Wind Farm proposal at Pozieres would be the cheaper option.

"It's a cheaper alternative to building a new line and it'll have less impact on people," he said.

"I see it an as opportunity to defer for 10 years the need to build this new line."

The Rabbit Ridge Wind Farm would use hybrid wind and solar energy, with diesel back-up.

CRG member Barbara Marsden said while the group has considered alternative energy, it would be a short-term solution.

"If you have a wind farm, it still needs to be carried over a powerline," she said.

Ms Marsden said given the deteriorating existing powerlines and population growth, a new line would have to be built sooner or later.

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