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Energy Security Taskforce Points Finger At Government

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Tags: Renewable Energy, Energy Security, Basslink

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokesperson

The Interim Report of Tasmania’s Energy Security Taskforce found that Tasmania needs more on-island renewables, and the Tasmanian Government is wholly responsible for our energy security.

The Taskforce found Tasmania has a deficit of about 7-10% in hydro-electric and wind generation, based on long-term averages.  In order for the State’s energy supply to be more secure, they recommend this gap is plugged by new renewable energy development.

Along with the Finkel Review, this is the second report in a fortnight that recommends Tasmania dramatically increase its renewable energy generation.

Energy Minister, Matthew Groom, repeatedly voiced his “concern” and recommended caution while waiting on the Taskforce results as an excuse for delay in action on new renewable projects.  

The Taskforce recommends, however, well-progressed new renewable energy projects should “not face barriers to entry” in Tasmania, and “should not be delayed because of the Taskforce’s work.”

The Report also found the Tasmanian Government is responsible for our energy security, and recommends stronger and clearer governing roles and frameworks.  This contrasts to the actions of Minister Groom who spent most of the energy crisis pointing the finger at Hydro and Basslink, instead of taking responsibility for his lack of risk management and leadership.

If he is serious about righting his poor record, Minister Groom will take this second major report seriously.  He must take responsibility for keeping Tasmania's energy secure, by presenting an action plan with targets, timeframes and best-practice frameworks for attracting new, on-island renewable investment.