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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.  

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. 

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.

280 Tasmanian Renewable Energy Jobs Lost Under Liberals

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokesperson

The ABS statistics for Employment in the Renewable Energy Sector*, released last week, show the stark cost of the anti-renewables ideology of the Federal and State Liberals.

The Hodgman Government has overseen a dramatic collapse in solar and wind project investment, with the state’s renewable energy sector losing 280 full-time jobs since 2013/14.

Liberals' Energy Inaction Costing Tasmania Millions

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokesperson

Tasmania has a massive renewable energy generation deficit that is costing a fortune.  The Liberals’ refusal to drive investment in new renewables cost Tasmania an estimated $15 million this January alone.*

Through January, nearly half of the State’s electricity was imported over Basslink, or generated by the costly Tamar Valley Power Station.

Energy Security Taskforce Points Finger At Government

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokesperson

The Interim Report of Tasmania’s Energy Security Taskforce found that Tasmania needs more on-island renewables, and the Tasmanian Government is wholly responsible for our energy security.

The Taskforce found Tasmania has a deficit of about 7-10% in hydro-electric and wind generation, based on long-term averages.  In order for the State’s energy supply to be more secure, they recommend this gap is plugged by new renewable energy development.

Tenuous Business Case for Second Basslink

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokesperson

The Australian Energy Markets Operator concluded that without significant investment in new renewables in Tasmania, the case for a second Basslink interconnector would only be marginally economic.  It's unclear whether it will break even in 20 years time, or not.

The report modelled a number of scenarios ahead to 2035 that showed a net economic loss from a second interconnector. Only one scenario projected a marginal benefit of $20 million on the $940 million investment required.

Groom's Renewable Energy Failure

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokesperson

At today’s Government Business scrutiny committee, Minister for Energy, Matthew Groom, showed no sign he has any clear plan to lift Tasmania beyond current inadequate levels of renewable energy generation.

It would be a threat to Tasmania's future energy security if we rush headlong into a second Basslink interconnector without first making sure we are self-sufficient.

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