Ms Woodruff to move—That the House:—
(1) Understands that the Energy Users Association Conference in Hobart on 23 March 2017 noted the inevitability of the shift to renewable energy generation in Australia on the grounds of cost and carbon emission reduction, and the fact this was now recognised as such across the energy users’ sector nationally.
(2) Notes that CSIRO has provided comprehensive evidence that Australian businesses and customers want energy companies to decarbonise the energy sector, that they want an orderly transition to renewables, and they don’t want high power prices.
(3) Recognises the severe lack of leadership this Liberal Government is providing on energy security, and that policy made on the run is bad for investment in infrastructure that have 20-50 year time frames.
(4) Further understand the answer to high prices and electricity instability is not to build more coal and gas power plants, which are now understood by the market to be uncompetitive over their lifetime.
(5) Further notes that after numerous attempts to make the Hazlewood power station in Victoria more efficient, including state government bailouts, the plant’s owners, acknowledged that, by every measure, it was no longer economically viable, and voluntary closed the plant on 1 April 2017.
(6) Recognises that the high prices of electricity nationally, instability in the National Electricity Market as large coal plants close and high domestic gas prices mean energy users don’t know where to jump, with a critical need for leadership to guide the massive transformation that is happening.
(7) Calls on the Minister for Energy Hon. Matthew Groom MP to urgently establish targets for renewable energy in Tasmania, and instruct Hydro to expand investment opportunities in wind and solar, and to instruct the Tasmanian Energy Regulator to properly cost the externalities of electricity production and use. (6 April 2017)