Snowy 2.0 is a proposed pumped-hydro expansion of the Snowy Mountains Scheme which will supercharge its existing hydro-electric generation and large-scale storage capabilities.
As the economy decarbonises and baseload coal-fired power stations retire, more intermittent generation (such as wind and solar) is entering the market. This creates the need for quick, dispatchable energy generation such as pumped hydro and large-scale storage.
This is where the Snowy 2.0 project comes in - the project’s 2,000 megawatts of energy generation and 175 hours of large-scale storage will help underpin an orderly transition in the energy market as more renewables come online.
Snowy Hydro already plays a critical role in ensuring system stability and at times of peak demand, we keep the lights on. Snowy 2.0 will enhance our existing capability and ensure that we can continue to provide increased stability and security to the energy market well into the future.
Snowy 2.0 information and reports:
- A short summary booklet on the Snowy 2.0 project is available, click here to view.
- To view the publicly available chapters of the feasibility study, go to the 2.0 Feasibility Study page here.
- The Marsden Jacob Associates report (an independent expert economic analysis of the changing energy market) commissioned as part of the Snowy 2.0 feasibility study is available, click here.