Page 2035 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 28 June 2023

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MR STEEL: I will not speak to the point of order, but I did actually announce this yesterday in the debate on the lighting question. As part of the work that has been done on feasibility of improvements to the active travel paths around Lake Ginninderra, lighting was certainly part of that. The funding that has been provided as part of
the active travel package, a $26 million package in the budget for improvements to the paths around Lake Ginninderra, will also include some lighting improvements. We will be going through a period of design on that project. Again, I am happy to update
the member once we have progressed through that design process.

Energy—electricity grid

MR COCKS: My question is to the Minister for Energy. Minister, at the recent Assembly hearing into Canberra’s electric vehicle transition, you stated that your government had in 2022 commissioned research from GHD and ACIL Allen into just what effect the combination of the gas transition and the growing uptake of EVs would have on the ACT’s electricity grid.

What has prompted you to now seek fresh modelling less than a year on from the first set of data? Is there a concern that the network will not be able to sustain and deal with the peaks in coming months and years?

MR RATTENBURY: As I outlined in the hearing when I was discussing this matter the other day, the reason for retesting the modelling is that we have seen a very significant increase in the rate of purchase of electric vehicles in the ACT.

As members will have seen, for this calendar year so far, one in five new vehicles being registered in the territory is an electric vehicle. This has more than doubled the uptake in the rate of the rest of Australia. So real kudos to the Canberra community for getting behind this technology of the future.

Given that rate of uptake, we want to rerun the modelling to consider whether there is any further work that needs to be done. I think it is very important that we do this to seek to stay ahead of the curve.

Right across the country, governments are contemplating what these changes will mean, and energy ministers nationally are working together to identify the sorts of rule changes we might need for the national electricity market and to share knowledge on the infrastructure challenges that this is raising. So I think it is quite prudent to continue to do this, because we are working in a fast-moving environment. Seeing that, in Australia, the ACT is at the front of this transition, that raises questions that we need to make sure that we are thinking about.

MR COCKS: Minister, why did Evoenergy’s evidence at the Assembly hearing contradict yours with regard to the impact that EV uptake will have on the electricity grid?

MR RATTENBURY: I do not accept the premise of the question. The ACT government has been working very closely with Evoenergy. Both organisations are doing a range of modelling and there is some diversity in that, including, for example,

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