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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 4 Hansard (27 March) . . Page.. 951..


MR SMYTH (continuing):

dams. Additional components include turbine buildings, river discharge structures and connection to the power grid. Powerline extensions will be laid underground for both aesthetic and safety reasons, and the discharge structures will be designed to minimise impact on the river downstream.

The primary beneficial impact of the mini hydro facilities will be the generation of renewable electricity and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power stations. The mini hydro at the Cotter Dam is expected to have an average annual generation of 2.3 gigawatt hours. This is approximately 0.1 per cent of Canberra's annual electricity consumption. Based on current GreenChoice consumption rates, the plant will power approximately 350 GreenChoice customers and will replace approximately 2,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from coal-powered electricity stations.

The area surrounding the Cotter Dam is a popular picnic area for Canberra residents. The mini hydro will be promoted for public display. This will provide an opportunity to promote GreenChoice options to the community and demonstrate ActewAGL's commitment to renewable energy. The Cotter facility will be using water released for environmental flow purposes, along with a proportion of water that would otherwise overtop the dam. The final design and operation of these facilities will be developed with the relevant ACT government authorities, taking into account the environmental flow guidelines implemented in December 1999.

The mini hydro at the Corin Dam will use water normally released to the river for water supply and environmental flow purposes. It is expected to have an average annual energy generation of approximately 6.9 gigawatt hours. This represents 0.3 per cent of Canberra's annual electricity consumption. The Corin Dam facility will power about 1,050 customers and replace about 6,000 tonnnes of carbon dioxide emissions from coal-powered electricity stations.

The Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Services, in their report No 64, dated 2001, endorsed the variation.

Papers

Subordinate legislation (including explanatory statements, unless otherwise stated)

Mr Moore presented the following papers:

Canberra Institute of Technology Act-Appointment of a member of the Canberra Institute of Technology Advisory Council-Instrument No 28 of 2001) (No 10, dated 8 March 2001).

Cemeteries Act-Appointment of trustees of the Canberra Public Cemeteries Trust-Instrument No 35 of 2001 (No 11, dated 15 March 2001).

Financial Management Act-Financial Management Guidelines Amendment 2001-Instrument No 48 of 2001 (S14, dated 23 March 2001).

Health Promotion Act-Appointment of a member of the ACT Health Promotion Board (No 11, dated 15 March 2001).

Public Health Act-Declaration of a public health risk activity-Instrument No 32 of 2001 (No 10, dated 8 March 2001).


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