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Energy Response Needed Now

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Tags: Basslink, Renewable Energy

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

The government needs to be clear about what their plan is for Tasmania in the current energy predicament.

The Tamar Valley Power Station is only capable of supplying a small amount of Tasmania’s energy needs. As of today, the problem with Basslink's undersea cable still hasn't been found, and with the low projected rainfall for the next few months, we may be approaching a critical energy gap.

We haven't invested and planned properly for the changing climate, and there has been an easy reliance on Victoria's dirty brown coal to back up the state in dry times.

The current situation shows how critical it is that we have a comprehensive renewable energy plan for future years.

Minister Groom needs to do more than simply pray for rain, and he needs to do it now.