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Tasmanians Deserve a Fair Price for Rooftop Solar

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens’ Energy spokesperson

A fair feed-in tariff for rooftop solar electricity is a must to reduce people’s power bills and stimulate clean jobs and renewable investment.  It would also secure our energy supply and help transition Tasmania to a 100% clean economy.

The Office of the Tasmanian Economic Regulator (OTTER) sets the price of rooftop solar, and the Greens would legislate for the Regulator to include all aspects of rooftop solar when setting the wholesale electricity price.

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.

Record $94M to Secure Tasmania’s Energy Supply in Greens’ Alternative Budget

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokesperson

The Liberals’ confetti Budget doesn’t contain a single line item to secure Tasmania’s energy supply or drive down energy prices for ordinary Tasmanians. The Greens, with an eye to the future, have included a record $94 million in securing Tasmania’s electricity supply in our Alternative Budget.

We would spend a record amount on a secure energy supply, making Tasmania 100% renewable, through implementing the Tasmanian Greens’ Energy Strategy.

State Budget a Wasted Energy Opportunity

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokesperson

The Liberals’ Budget confetti doesn’t contain a single item that would secure Tasmania’s energy supply, or permanently drive down energy prices for ordinary Tasmanians.

The $300 million Budget windfall gave Tasmania an unprecedented opportunity to secure our energy supply, for the long term. The Liberals should have invested in renewable wind power, but instead squibbed at making any commitment to future energy generation.

Feasibility Study Welcome, Action on Renewable Investment Needed Now

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokesperson 

Today’s announcement that the Federal Government will fund a feasibility study into pumped hydro power storage is welcome, as is all investment in renewable energy. 

It is pleasing Tasmania’s role in transitioning Australia’s energy system to renewable is being explored. This, however, is a long term plan. The projects being considered, if feasible, wouldn’t come online for over a decade.

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