It is estimated that 5,000 to 28,000 kms of transmission lines will be required for Australia to meet its renewable energy targets. Not only will there be enormous costs and emissions associated with constructing these transmission lines, there will be a massive impact on the surrounding environment and biodiversity.
The Snowy 2.0 hydro project required just 9 km of transmission to be constructed though a national park. These transmission lines required an easement of 140 metres and a total clearing of approximately 200 metres wide.
If up to 28,000 kms of transmission lines are required to be built, the impact on Australia’s environment will be devasting. Koala and bird habits will be severely threatened.