Page 2066 - Week 07 - Thursday, 4 June 2015

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associated with large-scale generated payments. The government does not object to the approach proposed by the opposition although I think it is a little questionable as to how useful many members of the community will find this data.

Each quarter the government receives spreadsheets from ActewAGL Distribution detailing market settlement information for each generator. These spreadsheets detail the data required of the distributor under section 21 of the act. The data is used principally for audit and compliance purposes. Given that this is data presented in spreadsheet form, thousands of rows of data each quarter, millions of individual data points each year, it is not something that I can imagine the average member of the community will have much fun sifting through. However I note that it may be of interest to researchers in the field and perhaps to some more technically minded members of the community.

I should highlight that the government itself has been considering options on how to best report information to the community on the achievements of a large scale FiT scheme and its ongoing operation. It had been intended that such information would be reported annually alongside the government’s annual cost of living impact assessment under climate change action plan 2. This would include an easily accessible summary of information contained in the quarterly reports provided by the distributor to the government. It is still the government’s intention to develop more useful reports that can help the community better understand the operation of the scheme. However it is fair to make the point that a more timely release of generation of data such as the 30-minute market settlement data for each generator may be of some value to some in the community. The government will not oppose the amendment.

Proposed new clause 8A agreed to.

Clauses 9 to 11, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 12.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Capital Metro) (12.21), by leave: I move amendments Nos 1 and 2 circulated in my name together [see schedule 1 at page 2138].

These amendments address minor drafting issues identified in discussions with our electricity distributor earlier this week. Subclauses (e) and (f) of clause 12 specify the dates by which the applications for compliant renewable energy generators should have been received by the distributor. For the medium-scale renewable energy generators the clause currently requires these applications to have been received by the distributor before 13 July 2011. This amendment changes that to have been received by 13 July 2011 instead of before this date. The difference in drafting is that, I am informed, the term “by” means “including that date”. Consistent with previous announcements, these amendments to the bill will make clear that medium-scale applications received on 13 July 2011 remain eligible under the scheme.

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