Entura’s Tammy Chu promotes hydropower and clean energy in India and Brazil
March 29, 2023
Entura’s Managing Director, Tammy Chu, has shared Entura’s insights into the global renewable energy transition as part of the recent Australian Senior Business Delegation to India, led by Anthony Albanese, Prime Minister of Australia.
At the CEO Forum held during the visit, Ms Chu spoke about the need across Australia and India to build skills and capability in the renewable energy sector.
She also proposed the idea of a joint renewable energy council between the two nations, which was well received and led to an agreement that the concept will be further explored during 2023.
“With India committed to Net Zero by 2070 and with 60% of its current energy production coming from coal, there is a huge decarbonisation move underway, with plans for 500 GW of renewable energy by 2030,” said Ms Chu.
“Lowering emissions is a global challenge that can’t be solved without international collaboration,” she said.
“Forums such as this delegation to India bring leaders together to share knowledge, inspire each other, and affirm our commitment to a sustainable energy future.”
“Entura is excited by the many opportunities through which Australia can lend support to India’s renewable transition. Our teams are already working on a number of pumped hydro storage projects in Australia, and are eager to help bring about more pumped hydro projects in India, solving the grid challenges of firming wind and solar power through long-duration storage and rapid response.”
“Through Entura’s clean energy and water institute (ECEWI), we are supporting renewable energy skills development and capacity building throughout the Indo-Pacific. Developing a skilled workforce, ready to take up the jobs of the future, is a make-or-break factor for the clean energy transition.”
Ms Chu is the Vice-President of the International Hydropower Association. In that capacity, she recently participated in Latin American and Caribbean Roundtable on Sustainable Hydropower in Brazil.
“I was interested to learn of the focus in Brazil on hydropower refurbishment and upgrades, with policy and finance facilities to increase existing capacity,” she said.
“It’s easy to be drawn to new projects, but satisfying to reflect on the very long, productive lives that existing hydropower assets can have with the right stewardship.”
“Based in Tasmania, we see this combination of long-term value and new potential every day in our state’s hydropower system. For example, our teams are hard at work helping to breathe new life and flexibility into the aging Tarraleah hydropower scheme so that it can make an even bigger contribution to Australia’s National Electricity Market.”