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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 7 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 3005..


(2) (a) The factors to be considered for future capacity releases will include:

* the outcome of the present Solar Auction

* the limitations of the supporting legislation

* the renewable technologies available

* the possible location of proposed renewable energy generators

* the cost impact on the ACT community

* demand from industry and the ACT community

* the impact of the Federal Clean Energy Future Package

* the limitations of the ACT electricity network

* progress towards the Government's greenhouse gas abatement targets

(b) The factors used to determine the commencement time-frame for each tranche will be dependent upon the factors mentioned in 2 (a) above.

(3) There are no specific provisions in the present Solar Auction for encouraging community-based proposals.

Environment—renewable energy targets (Question No 2326)

Mr Rattenbury asked the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, upon notice, on 3 May 2012:

(1) What level of mitigation are the ACT's current Renewable Energy Targets (RETs) (15% by 2012 and 25% by 2020) expected to deliver annually until 2020.

(2) Did the Minister indicate that the RETs would be reviewed as part of the finalisation of Weathering the Change Action Plan 2; if so, can he explain what the basis for the review is and how it is being undertaken.

(3) Has the Government undertaken mapping work on the capacity for renewable energy installation in the ACT, specifically, wind, solar and geothermal; if so, is this data public; if not, why not.

(4) If the mapping referred to in part (3) has not been undertaken (a) why was it not included as part of the ACT's Sustainable Energy Policy 2011 and (b) are there plans to undertake such research.

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

(1) The greenhouse gas impact of varying levels of renewable energy consumption is the subject of ongoing analysis which will be reported through Weathering the Change Action Plan 2.

(2) In my letter sent on 18 April 2012, I indicated that the Territory's renewable energy targets would be reviewed as part of the development of Weathering the Change Action Plan 2 The targets will be reviewed as part of a strategy designed to achieve the Government's legislated greenhouse gas reduction targets.


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