Latest ACT Government renewable energy initiatives

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There has been a flurry of major ACT Government announcements recently to drive Canberra and region towards a renewable energy future.

On 20 March, the Legislative Assembly passed amendments to the law to increase the amount of renewable energy to be supplied through Canberra’s large-scale feed-in tariff scheme to 550MW.

Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said:”I have made a number of announcements over the past fortnight in relation to renewable energy – these initiatives all highlight the broad range of investment opportunities for the community and industry in this sector.”

Recent announcements have included the independent solar auction review, a new community solar initiative, the investigation of a waste-to-energy facility for the region and the release of the ACT Renewable Energy Local Investment Framework that will apply to all future capacity releases.

The passage of the Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Bill 2014 means the Government can now move forward with its plans to invest in 200MW of wind energy, taking advantage of the favourable market conditions for wind energy investment.

Simon Corbell added “The cost of achieving the ACT’s 90% renewable energy target is estimated to peak at around $4 per household per week in 2020. Through energy efficiency measures, consumers can expect to save money, in many cases covering the $4 increase – or in some cases exceeding it.”
See this and related media releases by the ACT Government on renewable energy at: http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/open_government/inform/act_government_media_releases/corbell

Have your say on the climateXchange renewable energy forum at:

http://canberra.climatexchange.org.au/forum/renewable-energy

 

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