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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 15 December 2016) . . Page.. 283 ..


emissions entirely comprise synthetic gases used in refrigerants which, like land use, are taken from the national greenhouse and energy reporting system. Emissions have increased steadily as projected through linear regression modelling and are five per cent of total emissions.

These emissions are attributed proportionally to the ACT from an aggregate New South Wales supply, and whilst they may not truly reflect emissions from this source in the ACT, it is the most reputable estimate that can be provided. National legislation targeting synthetic gasses from refrigerants should assist in seeing this figure reduced in coming years.

While I am pleased to see our emissions stabilising, I am excited to see our renewable energy begin to impact our electricity grid emissions. I am certain territory emissions will now begin to steeply decline as more renewable energy becomes available from next year. I commend the report to the Assembly.

ACT wind auction II review—summary report and government response

Papers and statement by minister

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs, Minister for Corrections and Minister for Mental Health) (3.43): For the information of members I present the following papers:

Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Act, pursuant to subsection 22 (5)—ACT Wind Auction II Review—

Summary report, dated 27 May 2016, prepared for the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate by AECOM Australia Pty Ltd.

Government response to recommendations.

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

Leave granted.

MR RATTENBURY: I am pleased today to table a review of the 200 megawatt wind electricity capacity release made on 6 August 2015 under the Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Act 2011, as required under section 22 of the act. This is the capacity release that allowed the ACT government to conduct its second wind auction in 2015.

Wind auction II represents a major down-payment on the government’s nation-leading 100 per cent by 2020 renewable electricity target, as well as its commitment to reduce the territory’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent on 1990 levels by 2020. When generating, the successful wind auction II projects will generate around 850,000 megawatt hours per year of clean, sustainable, renewable electricity, enough to power 103,000 Canberra homes.

The intent of the large-scale renewable energy generation act is to provide feed-in tariff support for large-scale renewable electricity generators with a minimum


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