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(e) the Paris Agreement is a commitment to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius;

(f) a January 2018 report released by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency showed that a CSIRO Virtual Power Station Project which trialled smart devices for home energy management could be a viable alternative to costly electricity network upgrades, enable greater deployment of solar PV and reduce the cost of household electricity bills; and

(g) that all parties currently represented in the ACT Assembly unequivocally indicated their support for reaching 100 percent renewable electricity for the ACT by 2020, prior to the 2016 election;

(2) further notes the ACT Government’s long-term leadership on renewable energy, in particular by:

(a) implementing policies to power the ACT with 100 percent renewable electricity by 2020;

(b) committing to the 2050 Pathway Platform to reach zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, including by setting interim targets at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in November 2016;

(c) its ongoing and unwavering support for and investment in Australia’s renewable energy sector through the period of investment and regulatory uncertainty created by the Federal Coalition Government;

(d) investing $5 million of grants to subsidise the cost of installing battery storage systems across the ACT, making it one of the most ambitious battery incentive programs in the country; and

(e) leading innovation in renewable energy technology, such as supporting a trial of a 400-home “virtual power plant” in the ACT, which is currently underway;

(3) calls on the Government to:

(a) investigate opportunities to create a larger virtual power plant project, including an assessment of the savings for participating households, improvements to electricity grid stability, and strengthening renewable energy investment;

(b) increase awareness of the opportunities and benefits that smart devices and virtual power plants offer to participating households and to support the stability of the electricity grid; and

(c) continue its active support for measures that mitigate climate change impacts; and

(4) calls on all parties represented in the 9th ACT Legislative Assembly to recommit to reaching 100 percent renewable electricity for the ACT by 2020.

This motion calls on everyone in this chamber to recommit to reaching 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2020. The need for leadership on climate change has never

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