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Federal funding bid for King Island wind farm

It has been revealed Hydro Tasmania wants the Federal Government to help fund its $2 billion King Island wind farm project.

The state-owned hydro electricity generator is conducting a feasibility study into its plan to build 200 wind turbines on the Bass Strait island.

The proposal for Australia’s largest wind farm includes the construction of an underwater cable from King Island to Victoria.

The Energy Minister, Bryan Green, has told a parliamentary hearing Hydro Tasmania will be financially worse off if the Coalition succeeds in its bid to abolish the carbon tax.

Mr Green says the government could offset the losses by helping to fund the King Island project and he will discuss the matter at a meeting with the relevant federal minister next week.

“My hope would be that the Commonwealth will see the sense in this strategy, and we’ll be certainly pressing that on the minister,” he said.