Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson
The government have told us the Basslink cable might not be operational until March 19 and our dam levels could fall to as low as 14%. If true, this will be 88 days without Basslink operational, which is a disturbing increase from the first estimate of 60 days.
There are consistent long-term projections for a drier southern Australia. This drought is not an exception, and it is a problem that will not be going away.
Today's announcement is further evidence that the time to embrace a secure and renewable future is now.
Minister Groom has trod a very delicate path to date on this issue, only repeating Hydro’s advice, but making no commitments as Minister. Tasmanians need a Minister who is capable of showing leadership and planning for a 100% secure and renewable energy future.
Tasmania’s energy comes from 77% Hydro, 12% Thermal (Gas), 10% Wind, and 3% Solar approximately. We are heavily dependent on hydro electricity and imported dirty coal power, which is why we're vulnerable.
Tasmania has a wealth of experience in renewable energy generation and an abundance of renewable resources to diversify our energy mix. We should expand these to complement our hydro water storage.