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Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Amendment Bill 2014

Mr Corbell, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement, a Human Rights Act compatibility statement and the following papers:

ACT Solar Auction Review—

Summary Report—ACT Government, Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, dated October 2013—Prepared by Sinclair Knight Merz.

Government response.

Title read by Clerk.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (11.17): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Prior to the last election in 2012, the ACT government took to the community a comprehensive plan for tackling greenhouse gas emissions—climate change action plan 2, or AP2 as it is commonly called. The plan built on previous strategies and plans implemented by the government. It incorporates comprehensive economic and financial modelling and technology assessment as well as an extensive program of community consultation undertaken throughout 2011 and 2012.

Since its re-election the government has been steadily and systematically implementing AP2. With the introduction today of the Electricity Feed-In (Large-Scale Renewable Energy Generation) Amendment Bill, the government takes another important step forward in this process.

Our emission reduction targets, while nation-leading, have a firm scientific and economic footing. AP2 will allow us to deliver on our targets, enabled by Canberra’s dynamic business and research sectors and a proud, supportive and forward-looking community.

With the release of AP2, the government established a pathway to meet our emission reduction targets based on a clear strategy of investment in renewables. In November 2013, the government gave further effect to this strategy through the formal establishment of a 90 per cent renewable energy target under the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010.

Today the government proposes the extension of the capacity of the Electricity Feed-in (Large-Scale Renewable Energy Generation) Act to provide the policy mechanism through which this target can be achieved.

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