What role do engineers have to play in energy projects?

Posted by Design & Construct on 31-Jan-2016 12:03:52

In Engineering

Energy is a key part of modern living in Australia and the demand for safe, sustainable sources is ramping up across the country. 

How can professional engineers contribute to the ongoing projects across the country?

Victoria ramps up energy plans

According to a release from Engineers Australia, the Victorian Department of Economic Development has called on local firms to undertake work on the Powerline Replacement Fund project.

The 10-year initiative seeks to rebuild power lines that are at risk of causing bushfires. This requires the bare wire electricity distribution lines to be replaced with more modern structures, creating a safer system for rural residents. 

The Victorian government will invest $20 million into a New Energy Jobs Fund

Going sustainable

It is impossible to discuss modern energy needs without considering the environmental effect, and as a result, building sustainable sources of power is becoming a key focus for state governments across the country.

In Victoria, the government will invest $20 million into a New Energy Jobs Fund. Companies will have the chance to apply for grants between $50,000 and $1 million to help kick off these environmentally conscious projects. 

Minister for Energy & Resources Lily D'Ambrosio explained the important social and economic benefits of investing in renewable energy sources. 

"Renewable energy is vital to Victoria's energy future - making energy supplies cleaner, attracting investment and creating jobs," she said. 

"We can build a strong, sustainable energy industry that powers our broader economy, creates well-paid jobs and delivers health and social benefits, while reducing our environmental impact."

Sustainable energy is a key focus for Australia.
Sustainable energy is a key focus for Australia.

New wind farm to boost capacity

In South Australia, construction of a 100-megawatt wind farm is underway, continuing to create new opportunities over the next few years. As Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith explained, the wind farm will be a key contributor to the low carbon investment plan for South Australia.

"Our goal is to achieve $10 billion investment in low carbon energy generation by 2025 and 50 per cent of electricity production by renewable energy by 2025," he said. 

In order to provide power to at least 56,000 homes, the government will oversee a $15 million fund to help the farm see completion. The project is expected to create a total of 270 new jobs, including new opportunities for construction recruitment.

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