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Minister Groom, Is It Situation Normal or Act Now?


Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Saturday, 2 April 2016

Tags: Energy Crisis, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

The Government’s newspaper update to the community today is another confusing message to Tasmanians about what we need to do in the state's energy crisis.

Minister Groom said small businesses and households don't need to cut back, but also that it will take time to replenish dams and people can help conserve water in our dams if they want to.

Does the Minister want us to conserve water or not? Tasmanians are looking to him to show leadership during this crisis and part of that must be setting a clear direction and communicating the necessary actions.

The government's response plan so far will create a massive increase in our state's greenhouse gas emissions, and push the cost of electricity generation up to at least 33c KWh. 

We need to act as quickly as possible to replace the government's high cost, high emission solutions and instead reduce energy use. 

The Minister is missing an opportunity to educate people about the cheapest of all energy plans, energy efficiency. Tasmania has no energy efficiency targets or saving schemes, and there is 36% higher energy intensity in Tasmanian offices than the Australian average.