Sharing renewable energy expertise with the world Tue 11 December 2012 Lara Giddings Premier Bryan Green Deputy Premier Download hi-res version Tasmania's reputation as an international leader in renewable energy has been further strengthened today with the opening of the Entura Clean Energy and Water Institute. The Premier, Lara Giddings, and Minister for Energy and Resources, Bryan Green, today opened the centre at Cambridge which will be a drawcard for international energy and water businesses looking to upskill their workforces. Ms Giddings said Hydro Tasmania and its consulting subsidiary, Entura, had built a strong reputation for quality training both interstate and overseas. "Tasmania's renewable energy credentials have been proven over many decades both through hydroelectric schemes and, more recently, wind projects like Woolnorth, Musselroe and the massive TasWind project which is now being explored," Ms Giddings said. "Entura is already exporting the expertise gained through these projects to the world. "And now, through the Clean Energy and Water Institute, we are bringing the world to Tasmania to learn renewable energy skills first hand. "The increased visitation as a result of this project will of course have a spin off for the local hospitality industry but it could also lead to additional jobs within Entura over time as the Institute expands. "These would be jobs and opportunities that benefit not only Tasmania, but other communities around the world." Mr Green said one of the Government's key objectives for energy reform is to maximise the value of Tasmania's low carbon advantage and the brand benefits of clean energy. "This project delivers on that objective by using the lessons learned in over 100 years of business to tap into the huge demand for sustainable energy both interstate and overseas. "Having extensively toured Hydro Tasmania's operations, including Musselroe and most recently the King Island, Renewable Energy Integration Project I have constantly been impressed by the skill and passion of Hydro employees. "With such a strong and skilled workforce, it is no surprise that Hydro and Entura have managed to tap into an emerging international market for renewable energy expertise." Courses will be delivered by technical experts within the Entura and Hydro Tasmania business, and by strategic partners in the venture including the University of Tasmania and the Asian Institute of Technology. Ms Giddings said the courses would be particularly targeted at emerging economies in Asia, which tied in strongly with the Government's focus on the region. "Having been to the region this year, I look forward to working with Hydro to maximise the opportunities that exist in the Asian Century.