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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 5 Hansard (25 May) . . Page.. 2212..

(7) Every GreenChoice member makes a difference by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting renewable energy generation. For example, ACTEW informs me that a person signing up to "GreenChoice 10"purchases 3,650 kilowatt hours of renewable energy over a 12 month period (representing approximately a third of normal household usage). This amount of renewable energy prevents an estimated 3.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the environment every year.

ActewAGL-wind farm

(Question No 1429)

Mrs Dunne asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 30 March 2004:

(1) What details are available regarding ActewAGL's investigations to establish a wind farm in the A.C.T. and where can information be obtained regarding these plans?

Mr Quinlan

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

(1) I am advised that ActewAGL is not seeking to establish a wind farm within the ACT. I am advised, however, that ActewAGL, Collex Pty Ltd and renewable energy development company EHN (Oceania) Pty Ltd have formed a joint venture to investigate the feasibility of establishing a wind farm on the Woodlawn and Pylara properties, near Tarago on the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales.

The members of this joint venture will undertake environmental and grid-connection studies, planning assessments and a community consultation program. This research and planning phase is expected to take about a year to complete, and will utilise data recorded by a number of monitoring towers already installed on the site.

If implemented, the project will aim to create a renewable energy supply, by harnessing the wind resource, while minimising environmental impacts and working closely with key stakeholders and the local community.

I am further advised that ActewAGL has a number of commercial arrangements investigating other potential wind farm sites at Spring Hill and Collector in NSW. Information about these opportunities will be available when the full energy resource capabilities of the sites have been analysed and collated.

Further information will be available on ActewAGL's website in the near future.

Motor vehicles-government fleet

(Question No 1430)

Mrs Dunne asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 30 March 2004:

(1) How many (a) hybrid vehicles and (b) gas converted cars form part of the A.C.T. Government fleet;

(2) Are there plans to increase the number of environmentally friendly vehicles in the Government fleet;

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