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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 10 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 4020..


7. ActewAGL does not own any GreenPower accredited generation facilities but sources GreenPower through its partner AGL.

8. ActewAGL are investigating a number of GreenPower investments.

Solar

ActewAGL is currently working with the ACT Government assessing the feasibility of a large solar power station for Canberra. The preliminary feasibility report is complete. Assessment outcomes and recommendations arising from this report will be used by relevant stakeholders to guide investment decisions relating to a project of this nature.

Wind

(i) ActewAGL has an interest in the proposed wind farm for Woodlawn. A development application (DA) for this project has been lodged. Within the next twelve months (before the DA expires), interested parties will decide whether to proceed with this project.

(ii) ActewAGL has an interest in the proposed wind farm for Collector. This project is in the pre-feasibility stage. A development application (DA) is yet to be lodged.

Environment—solar power

(Question No 2165)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, upon notice, on 7 August 2008 (redirected to the Chief Minister):

Did the Chief Minister in April announce the appointment of Parsons Brinckerhoff as the consulting firm that would undertake a feasibility study into an ACT solar power facility and did he say that a final report would be presented to the ACT Government and ActewAGL by 1 July 2008; if so, (a) why has the study not yet been presented to ActewAGL and the ACT Government, (b) what are the revised timelines and (c) what role does the solar power facility play in the ACT's Energy Strategy.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

On 23 April 2008 I announced the appointment of Parsons Brinckerhoff as the consulting firm that will undertake a preliminary feasibility study into an ACT solar power facility and that a final report will be presented to the ACT Government and ActewAGL by 1 July 2008. This followed on from an announcement on 18 March 2008 by then ActewAGL Chief Executive Officer, Mr John Mackay, and I that a preliminary feasibility study was to be undertaken into a large scale solar power plant for the ACT.

(a) The study has been presented to ActewAGL and the ACT Government. I announced this on 3 September 2008. The Parsons Brinckerhoff report has been made publicly available from the Chief Minister's Department website at http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/

(b) Not applicable see answer (a) above.


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