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Generating a New Renewable Wave

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

The Tasmanian Greens have released the second part of their Energy Strategy for Tasmania. Generating a New Renewable Wave is a blueprint for securing market investment in the renewable future.

Generating a New Renewable Wave focuses on how we can secure investment in medium and large-scale renewable generation. A central part of this plan will be the establishment of RenewTAS, an independent statutory authority.

Tasmanian Greens Energy Strategy: Vision and Targets

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

The Tasmanian Greens have released the vision and targets of their Tasmanian Energy Strategy, which focuses on much needed investment in renewables.

The release of the vision and targets is the first of the full four-part strategy that will also address large-scale generation, transport, and energy savings for Tasmanian households.

Drought Relief Welcome, Longer Term Planning Needed

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Climate spokesperson

The Tasmanian Greens welcome Minister Rockliff's announcement of financial relief for drought stricken Tasmanian farmers but we also want to see this government recognise that hotter, drier conditions are becoming the new 'normal' and longer term planning is needed.

The $10M loan fund will provide some relief for farmers who are suffering the economic and emotional consequences of drought but it won't help our producers adapt to increasingly frequent climate-related dry conditions.

Basslink Wake-up Call

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

The Basslink fault is a wake-up call for the government. It shows just how reliant we’ve become on importing coal-fired power from Victoria, and how vulnerable we are because of it.

As much as 40% of our electricity has come via Basslink in recent months, and there’s clearly no plan in place for a secure, clean energy capacity.

Brown Coal Power Imports Staggering and Shameful

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson 

The high levels of dirty energy Tasmania is importing this summer is putting our clean green brand in jeopardy. The latest figures from Hydro are that up to 50% of Tasmania’s power is now coming from Victorian coal-fired power stations.

At the moment Tasmania's energy security comes mostly from water stored in dams, but we’re a long way from being 100% secure.

Thousands Rally in Hobart for Climate Action

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

Thousands of Tasmanians who travelled from all corners of the State rallied in Hobart for climate action in the lead up to this week's Climate Summit in Paris.

This should be a wake up call for the Hodgman government which has ripped up Tasmania's ClimateSmart strategy and continues to subsidise the emissions-intensive native forest logging industry.

The science tells us that protecting the vast stores of carbon in Tasmania's forests must be part of our response to climate disruption.

Annual Report Shows Liberal Hydro Sabotage

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

Hydro Tasmania’s crash in revenue this financial year can be laid squarely at the feet of the state and federal governments.

The state government was silent when their federal colleagues removed the price on carbon and withdrew support for the renewable energy target.

We're now financially worse off by millions of dollars, thanks to Liberal government cowardice.

Fossil Free UTAS Students Show True Grit for Climate

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

University of Tasmania students staging a sit-in outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office are true climate champions. 

Their commitment to ensuring UTAS divests its climate-poisoning fossil-fuel investments is based on the science and ethics.

Like every person on the planet, these young Tasmanians have a right to a safe climate. 

On behalf of the Tasmanian Greens and every Tasmanian who believes all our public institutions should invest ethically, I express deep gratitude.

Fire Permit Review Needed Now

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Emergency Management spokesperson and Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

Rosalie Woodruff MP:

Changing climatic conditions mean that the No Permit period for burn-offs in Tasmania needs to be reviewed now.

No permit was needed for private property owners to burn off vegetation last Friday, but the following day was a total fire ban in the southern district.

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