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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 September 2015) . . Page.. 3326 ..

household this equates to approximately $36.09 per annum. The scheme has not impacted the reliability of the ACT electricity network. While it may have contributed to a reduction in the summer peak demand, winter peaks are still a significant driver for new network and investment and reductions in required network investment have not been material.

The government’s mandatory inspection program has contributed to the quality and safety of solar installations during the course of the scheme. The rate of failed initial inspections of solar installations fell from 70 per cent in 2010-11 to 20 per cent in 2014-15. This demonstrates the maturation of the solar industry which this scheme has contributed to achieving. The review notes amendments to the act passed earlier this year will contribute to the ongoing effective operation of the scheme, particularly in relation to data provision and consistency.

In conclusion, the review has found that the Electricity Feed-In (Renewable Energy Premium) Act 2008 has been successful in incentivising the uptake of rooftop solar and meeting its objectives of promoting renewable energy by diversifying energy supply and reducing reliance on fossil fuels as well as reducing the territory’s greenhouse gas emissions and therefore its contribution to climate change.

The ACT scheme was part of a global effort that saw a reduction in the price of solar technology during the scheme, and this reduction should lead to the further take-up of rooftop solar in the ACT without feed-in tariff support. The success of the scheme, and the ongoing take-up of solar technology, continues to move the ACT towards meeting its renewable energy targets and demonstrates the ACT’s continued leadership on climate change and renewable energy policy.

I expect the scheme to go on meeting its objective and continue promoting the use of renewable energy in the ACT. I commend the paper to the Assembly.

ACT road safety report card—2014

Paper and statement by minister

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Justice, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Transport Reform): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

ACT Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020—Road Safety Report Card 2014, dated September 2015—Compiled by Legislation, Policy and Programs Branch, Justice and Community Safety Directorate.

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

Leave granted.

MR RATTENBURY: The national road safety strategy includes a requirement for each minister responsible for road safety to report annually to their parliament on progress in road safety, including reporting against national performance indicators.

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