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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 25 October 2017) . . Page.. 4391 ..

The Finkel review blueprint for the future, the independent review into the future security of the national electricity market, has recommended that the territory government engage with the COAG energy council to identify options for subsidised funding mechanisms for the supply of energy efficient appliances, rooftop solar photovoltaic and battery storage for low income consumers. The review outlines a blueprint that provides consumers with financial rewards if they agree to manage demand and share resources, such as their solar panels and battery storage. The report has also cited the lead taken in the US where the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has proposed changes to the rules in order to require market operators to revise their electricity tariffs in order to better accommodate the participation of battery storage systems and allow for distributed energy resource aggregators to participate in the market as well.

Our government is on track to develop a strategy to reach zero net emissions and carbon neutrality by 2050, and this motion supports that goal, the work our government is doing and the leadership role we are taking in continuing to invest in renewable energy programs and initiatives, such as the next generation energy storage grants, which will continue to provide subsidies for battery storage installation in the ACT. Of course, there is also the important role we have in building an integrated transport network in the ACT and encouraging the take-up of public transport. That also means light rail as a genuine public transport alternative. I look forward to our government providing an update on the current trial of electric and hybrid buses in the ACT.

Finally, we need to acknowledge where the bulk of our emissions will stem from post 2020—private vehicles. That is why it is so important that our government is working to explore mechanisms to encourage the take-up of private vehicles in the ACT supported by this motion. I commend it to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Assembly sitting pattern—amendment

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (6.25): Thank you, Madam Speaker—

Mr Wall: No, sorry, can we wind back one step before we adjourn? I’ve just got a motion that is about to be circulated.

MADAM SPEAKER: The motion before us at the minute is that the Assembly do now adjourn.

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