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Tasmanian Needs Fairer Feed-in-Tariffs
Tuesday 24 May 2016
Rosalie Woodruff to move—
That the House:—
(1) Recognises that under the Liberal Government, the current price paid to solar households for the electricity they generate is unfair.
(2) Notes that solar households currently receive 5.5c/kWh for exported solar, which is then sold on to their neighbours for up to 25c.
(3) Acknowledges that in line with the Liberal’s instructions, the Office of the Tasmanian Economic Regulator has recommended a 6.6c/kWh Feed-in-Tariff for 2016/17, while acknowledging this fails to take into account network benefits as well as jobs, energy security and environmental benefits.
(4) Further notes:—
(a) that analyses of electricity generation, network, health and climate benefits show solar is worth between 17 and 22c/kWh; and
(b) consistent with the decision of the Victorian regulator, Tasmanian solar owners expect a fair Feed-in-Tariff that reflects the long-term benefits to the whole electricity system and the wider social and environmental benefits of their solar.
(5) Understands that giving Tasmanians a fair price for their solar would also give the solar industry the boost it desperately needs and lift jobs, improve energy security, and create clean and healthy communities.
(6) Calls on the Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Hon Matthew Groom MP to instruct the Tasmanian Regulator to review its decision and pay Tasmanian solar owners a fair price for their solar.