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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 19 October 2010) . . Page.. 4611 ..


energy efficiency programs and the provision of energy efficient appliances are all election commitments that the government made during the recent election and commitments that we are now implementing. So we see low income households getting energy efficient appliances, even if they are renting. We see energy efficiency being delivered into public and social housing. This is creating significant benefits for those residents and assisting them to manage their energy costs.

The government, into the future, has announced the expansion of the feed-in tariff scheme to large-scale generation. This will mean that the territory will be able to deliver on its commitment to establish a large-scale solar power facility for the ACT. Over 240 megawatts of generation capacity is proposed to be made available through the expanded feed-in tariff scheme, and that includes 210 megawatts for large-scale generation.

In addition to that, the government is supporting the efforts of other entities in the city to improve energy efficiency and the deployment of renewable energy technologies. In particular, the government is working closely with ActewAGL on the deployment of the Better Place trial for electric vehicles in the ACT. The ACT, Canberra, will become the first city in the country to have a large-scale electric vehicle charging infrastructure in place when Better Place roll out their technology in the next 12 to 18 months.

These are significant initiatives to help the city move towards its low carbon future. The Labor government is proud of its commitments and proud of its record in implementing those commitments. We look forward to working with other members to promote Canberra as a sustainable city into the future.

MS HUNTER: A supplementary?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Minister, can you inform the Assembly when you will be releasing the road map to zero net emissions, the weathering the change action plan 2 and the energy policy?

MR CORBELL: The energy policy will be finalised later this year. Action plan 2 will be released in the first half of next year. It will outline the detailed measures that the government proposes to adopt to ensure that we are on the path to achieving the significant greenhouse gas reduction targets.

Of course, this stands in marked contrast to the complete policy vacuum of those opposite. While this government is focused on building a better city, building a stronger community—

Mr Smyth: We debated a bill this morning.

Mrs Dunne: We debated our bill this morning.

MR CORBELL: They say they have a bill on the table but they did nothing for 18 months or nearly two years. They did nothing with that bill until today, when they


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