Page 2574 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 2 July 2008

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The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 10

Mrs Burke

Mr Smyth

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Dunne

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Dr Foskey

Mr Corbell

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Pratt

Ms Gallagher

Ms Porter

Mr Seselja

Mr Gentleman

Mr Stanhope

Question so resolved in the negative.

Clauses 4 and 5, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 6.

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (11.45): I seek leave to move amendments Nos 4 to 6 circulated in my name together.

Leave granted.

DR FOSKEY: I move amendments Nos 4 to 6 circulated in my name together [see schedule 2 at page 2656].

This is a group of amendments that aims to prioritise all technical support mechanisms for renewable energy sources over conventional energy. If the distributor has a number of applications for connection, the distributor should prioritise connecting those sources that will feed renewable energy into the grid. I propose new clause 6 (2A) and (2B). The proposed amendment inserts:

(2A) If the distributor receives an application under subsection (2), the distributor must—

(a) give the applicant a written statement setting out a detailed estimate of the costs of connecting the occupier’s generator to the distributor’s network; and …

The proposed new clause continues to give priority to the person who is providing renewable energy. It is especially crucial that renewable energy generating insulations are given priority access to the grid. Proposed new clause 6 (2B) states:

To remove any doubt, the distributor must not refuse the application on the ground that there is insufficient network capacity.

This clause is particularly necessary as there have been occasions overseas where insufficient network capacity has been used as an excuse not to connect any new renewable energy generators. Of course, this completely goes against the aim of the exercise, which is, I would have thought, to maximise the renewable energy being generated and used here in the ACT. If there was too much energy being produced for

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