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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 11 Hansard (21 October) . . Page.. 3321..


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Petitions

Ministerial responses

The Clerk: The following responses to petitions have been lodged by ministers:

By Mr Corbell, Minister for the Environment, dated 13 October 2014, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Lawder on 16 September 2014 concerning energy supply to the ACT.

By Mr Gentleman, Acting Minister for the Environment, dated 15 October 2014, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Lawder on 16 September concerning wind turbines.

The terms of the responses will be recorded in Hansard.

Energy—wind supply—petition No 15-14

The response read as follows:

Thank you for your letter of 16 September 2014 about Petition No. 15-14 lodged by Ms Lawder MLA on behalf of two Australian Capital Territory residents and 108 New South Wales residents.

I understand the petition relates to the ACT Large-scale Wind Auction, presently underway. The closing date for the submission of proposals in the Auction was 3 September 2014. Those proposals deemed eligible and suitable for full assessment are subject to a value for money evaluation. This evaluation is comprised of an assessment of proponent responses to four evaluation criteria, together with the feed-in tariff price nominated by proponents for their respective proposals.

The four evaluation criteria and their respective score weightings are as follows:

1. Risks to timely project completion - 50%

2. Local community engagement - 20%

3. ACT economic development benefits - 20%

4. Reliance on Treasury Financial Guarantee - 10%

The ACT Government is aware of the at times contentious nature of large scale wind farm developments in Australia. This was taken into account in the design of the Wind Auction process and resulted, in part, in the above local community engagement criterion being included.


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