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100% Renewable Tasmania

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Thursday, 12 May 2016

Tags: Renewable Energy

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

After a week of wintery weather, our island state was 100% reliant on renewable energy today. This could be Tasmania’s future.

We're not burning fossil fuels in Minister Groom’s diesel generators, or the Tamar Valley gas fired power station. Even if Basslink was fully operational, we wouldn't have needed to import dirty electricity from Victoria’s coal fields.

After a long, dry summer, Tasmania is being entirely powered by wind, solar and water. This is the future we should be aspiring to, a future of renewables.

A future thinking government would be planning our renewable future. Instead we have Minister Groom and the rest of the Liberals, hiding from our climate reality, and whose only energy plan has been to install generators and beg for a second Basslink.

Being 100% renewable isn't wholly dependent on rainfall, it would include our abundant wind, solar and wave power capacity.  

It is a future that would attract new investment into our State, create new jobs, and protect our clean green brand.

If the energy crisis has taught us anything it's that Tasmanians want a secure, renewable energy supply that doesn’t cost the Earth. It’s time the Liberals listened.