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Alinta Energy is proposing a 1,000MW wind farm off the coast of Portland in Victoria that could help power the Portland aluminium smelter with up to 100 per cent renewables, and inject green energy into the country’s main grid.

The $4 billion Spinifex offshore wind project, first flagged by Alinta CEO Jeff Dimery in an interview on RenewEconomy’s weekly Energy Insiders podcast in October, would be sited about 10km off the coast of Portland.

Spinifex would connect to the grid via the smelter’s switchyard – which accounts for more than 10 per cent of the state’s electricity demand – and make the site among Australia’s first smelters to be powered by up to 100 per cent renewables.

Portland currently sources its electricity under contracts from coal generators, including like most other big energy users in Australia. Earlier this year it signed a new five year deal with AGL, Origin and Alinta for its subsidised electricity supply, which also included an agreement to act like a giant battery.

[Giles Parkinson]

More: Alinta proposes 1,000MW offshore wind farm to help power Portland smelter

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