Expanding the Snowy Mountain Hydro scheme will encourage a rush of new wind farms across the country, the Australian Wind Alliance says.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency will investigate the building of tunnels between existing dams to create a new pumped hydro system, which can store large amounts of renewable energy like wind.
Wind Alliance national co-ordinator Andrew Bray said effective energy storage was a critical part of cleaning up Australia's ageing and failing electricity system.
"The more energy storage we have the more wind farms we can have. Energy storage means you can smooth out the supply of wind and solar energy," Mr Bray said.
"There is no time to lose on this. Today's announcement coincides with confirmation that mass coral bleaching has struck the Great Barrier Reef for the second year in the row and reducing pollution is the only way to stop it."
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