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Groom's Basslink Prayers Not Enough

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Tags: Basslink, Renewable Energy

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

Basslink has indicated it still doesn't know what the interconnector cable fault is. Although the company hopes it will be finished by late May, it can't be definite until it's done further analysis.

Although Basslink's statement about cutting the undersea cable gives Tasmanians a glimmer of hope, Minister Groom needs to be dealing in facts. Government decisions should be based on facts and figures, not just hopes and prayers. 

So far, Minister Groom's response in the energy crisis has been reactive and doggedly resistant to exploring energy reduction and renewable generation solutions.

Under Minister Groom's watch we've been forced to import diesel generators, our major industries are cutting their power use, Tasmania's reputation as a clean green state is being tarnished and dam storages have got so low that major damage to equipment is likely.

The Minister should be prioritising all options for immediate renewable electricity generation and planning for a renewable energy future, not just desperately praying for Basslink to be fixed.