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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 13 Hansard (17 November) . .

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Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Act

Papers and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Capital Metro): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Act, pursuant to subsection 22(5)—Wind auction review—

Summary report, dated August 2015, prepared for the Environment and Planning Directorate by Jacobs.

Government response to the summary report.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: I am pleased today to table a review of the 200 megawatt wind energy capacity release made on 7 April last year under the Electricity Feed-in (Large-Scale Renewable Energy Generation) Act 2011, as required under section 22 of that act. This is the capacity release that allowed the ACT to conduct its first wind auction in 2014. The intent of the act is to provide feed-in tariff support for large-scale renewable energy generators, with a minimum generating capacity of 200 kilowatts.

The act originally passed in December 2011 has four objectives: to promote the establishment of large-scale renewable energy generators from a range of sources in the Australian capital region and elsewhere; to promote the development of the renewable energy generation industry in the ACT and Australia; to reduce the ACT's greenhouse gas emissions and assist it in reaching its emission reduction targets; and to reduce the ACT's reliance on non-renewable energy sources while minimising costs to electricity consumers.

The first wind auction opened for proposals on 17 April 2014 and closed on 3 September that year. Eighteen proposals were received from 15 proponents. The total capacity of all the proposals was 1,221 megawatts, six times the capacity for which feed-in tariff entitlements could be granted.

I announced the successful proposals of the first auction on 5 February this year. They were the 19.4 megawatt Coonooer Bridge wind farm located north-west of Bendigo, Victoria with a feed-in tariff price of $81.50 per megawatt hour of output; the 100 megawatt Hornsdale wind farm, located south-east of Port Augusta, South Australia, with a feed-in tariff price of $92 per megawatt hour; and the 80.5 megawatt Ararat wind farm located near Ararat in western Victoria, with a feed-in tariff price of $87 per megawatt hour.

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