In April 2016, the Australian Government and Tasmanian Government commissioned a feasibility study of whether a second electricity interconnector (power cable) between Victoria and Tasmania would help to address long-term energy security issues and facilitate investment in renewable energy in the National Electricity Market.
The study was in response to energy security challenges brought about by the combination of low rainfall, low dam storage levels and an extended outage of the existing Basslink interconnector.
The study was undertaken by Dr John Tamblyn, with support from the Tasmanian Energy Taskforce, led by the Department of the Environment and Energy and included secondees from the Treasury and the Australian Energy Market Commission.
The Tasmanian Government, the Australian Energy Market Operator and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation provided guidance and input over the course of the study. The Final Report was delivered to governments on 13 April 2017.