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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 17 March 2015) . . Page.. 747 ..

look at it, the act has been a huge success. It has taken the ACT from being a solar backwater to a solar powerhouse. I acknowledge the efforts of ministerial colleague Mick Gentleman in being the author of the original legislation.

Section 13 of the act requires that the responsible minister review the scheme within five years of the act’s commencement and present a copy of that review to the Assembly after a further six months. This would have had the review tabled in September last year. The Environment and Planning Directorate, which manages the act, has been monitoring and investigating feed-in tariff payment data that has flowed from the act. Earlier this year the directorate advised me that the time frame for completing the review of the act had not been achieved.

Central to the review will need to be a final determination of the amount of installed capacity under the act and the reconciliation with scheme pass-through costs with the uptake of feed-in tariffs at the various rates that were offered through the life of the scheme. Work to collect and assess this data is underway and requires further input from ActewAGL distribution as well as various participating electricity retailers.

In the coming months I intend to bring forward amendments to the act. These amendments will seek to streamline reporting, reflecting the fact that the scheme has entered a mature phase and that the rate of new installations under the scheme has moderated. The amendments will address a process for finalising the scheme and closing off on non-essential requirements for participants.

This act has been a tremendous success in stimulating uptake of rooftop solar for territory households and businesses. I expect the review of the act that I will bring forward later this year will confirm this. I look forward to sharing the outcomes of the review with the Assembly at that time. I present the following paper:

Electricity Feed-in (Renewable Energy Premium) Act 2008—Review—Ministerial statement, 17 March 2015.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Mr Coe) adjourned to the next sitting.

Disability inclusion statement

Ministerial statement

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Racing and Gaming and Minister for the Arts) (4.13), by leave: This government is firmly committed to an inclusive and equal Canberra where people with a disability are supported to reach their full potential. Already the government has made significant progress to improve the lives of people with a disability and we will continue to deliver better outcomes for the 57,500 people with a disability who reside in the ACT.

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