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Labor Refuses to Rule Out Privatising TasNetworks

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens’ Energy spokesperson

This morning on ABC Radio, Labor’s Michelle O’Byrne refused to take the sale of TasNetworks ‘off the table’, in a short-sighted attempt to fund possible election commitments.

Electricity is an essential service. The Tasmanian Government has an obligation to provide the infrastructure needed to deliver that electricity at the lowest possible cost.

Basslink should be publicly owned

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

Now is the time for the state and federal governments to commence negotiations with Keppel Holding Trust to buy the Basslink cable and take control over this essential power asset.

Keppel have announced they are seeking expressions of interest for ownership of the cable, following reports they are struggling to meet lending obligations.

Basslink 2.0 Business Case $20M Madness

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokesperson 

The Liberals should be spending $20 million on real action to create energy security, instead of a wasteful, politically-driven business case for a second Basslink interconnector. This money could build more renewable capacity now, and help pay Tasmanians a fair price for their rooftop solar.

The Commonwealth report into the feasibility of a second Basslink, published earlier this year, was adamant it would be a lame duck project.  

COAG Must Consider Public Ownership of Basslink

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokesperson 

As State, Territory and Federal Ministers for Energy converge on Hobart tomorrow, Minister Barnett should formally open a conversation about nationalising the Basslink cable.

The functioning of the Basslink underwater cable is critical for Tasmania’s energy security. Basslink’s role in balancing the national electricity grid is also now being intensively investigated by Hydro and the Federal Government.

Hodgman Refuses to Criticise Scrapping of Clean Energy Target

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

It was a childish performance from Tasmania’s Energy Minister, and a weak performance from the Premier, in Parliament today, when questioned about the Federal Government’s decision to walk away from the Clean Energy Target and back in dirty coal fired power.

Neither the Premier nor the Energy Minister could give a straight answer about the impact on Tasmania as a result of the Prime Minister's decision to abandon renewables.

Liberals’ Renewables Plan Lacks Detail

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokesperson

The Liberals' announcement they plan to adopt the Greens' renewable energy target, to make Tasmania 100% energy efficient by 2022, is welcome news. What's very unclear, however, is how they plan to get there. 

The Liberals' announcement is an acknowledgment we need action on renewables, and testament to the work of countless campaigners over the last 30 years to cut greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the impacts of climate change. 

PAC Report Silent on Threats to Energy Security

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokesperson

The Public Accounts Committee’s Financial Position and Performance of Government Owned Energy Entities report, tabled in the Tasmanian Parliament today, is underwhelming.  It is a missed opportunity to address the vulnerability of Tasmania's energy system, which was highlighted during the energy crisis.

The report fails to comment on, let alone make recommendations about, the largest and most serious threats to our energy security and its affordability in Tasmania.

Groom Misleads on Electricity Costs

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokesperson 

It was confirmed in Budget Estimates today that Hydro’s part of household power bills will go up 30% compared to last year, under a change to the wholesale electricity price the Hodgman Government sets.

Minister Groom has been caught out, once again, misleading Tasmanians by saying the Liberals will be saving households an average $300 next year. 

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