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Renewable Energy is Tasmania's Future

Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Tags: Renewable Energy, Rooftop Solar, Carbon Price, Paris Agreement

Rosalie Woodruff MP on tomorrow to move -

That this house:

(1) Notes that representatives from all nations from around the world are meeting in Paris at the end of this month to urgently find ways to limit climate change caused by emission of greenhouse gases, with the objective of achieving a legally binding and universal agreement on the climate.

(2) Acknowledges that there are no jobs on a dead planet. 

(3) Further notes with deep concern that Australia has been increasing its emissions of CO2 from electricity generation since June 2014, with an increase in the share of coal in the total generation portfolio and a corresponding drop in the share of renewables.

(4) Appreciates that Tasmania imported more dirty electricity from the mainland than it has exported clean power in 25 of the first 42 weeks of this year.

(5) Further acknowledges that during the carbon tax period Tasmania made hundreds of millions of dollars exporting renewable energy to the mainland.

(6) Accepts that, consistent with long-term projections for a drier southern Australia, Tasmania’s rainfall in October was the lowest ever recorded for that month with the capacity of Hydro dams at only 27.1 per cent as at 16 November, causing concerns about the security of energy supply and resulting in calls for the need to look to other forms of renewable energy to reduce reliance on hydro generation.

(7) Recognises that since the reduction in the feed-in tariff the solar industry in Tasmania has halved in size, equivalent to the loss of over 200 jobs.

(8) Calls on the government to actively support the growth of renewable energy generation in Tasmania from wind, solar and small hydro in order to create jobs, reduce CO2 emissions, increase energy security and earn export revenue.