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Tas Hydro wants zero emissions energy: how about a feed-in law?

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Christine Milne

Australian Senate Australian Greens Senators for Tasmania

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Tas Hydro wants zero emissions energy: How about a feed-in law?

Agfest, Friday 2 May 2008 The best way to increase Tasmania’s zero emissions generating capacity would be to introduce a comprehensive feed-in law for renewable energy, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, said today.

Senator Milne said “Feed-in laws are regarded around the world as the most sophisticated and effective mechanism to boost renewable energy generation. They give specifically targeted support to a range of renewable energy technologies, directly encouraging people to install them by guaranteeing a fair price for the energy generated.

“With a feed-in law, homeowners will get a fair price for energy they generate from a rooftop solar array. Farmers will get a fair price for energy generated from crop waste or manure, putting a micro-hydro system into a running creek or investing in wind or solar power. Business owners will get a fair price for energy generated from solarising their warehouse or office space.

"Hydro Tasmania is making its task more difficult by largely limiting new generation plans to attempting to increase hydro capacity in the face of the drought. With a feed-in law, everyone in Tasmania gets to play a role in increasing our carbon-free generation.

“Aurora is also making the task more difficult with its pricing structure for rooftop solar panels. They give some balanced payments, although not a strong incentive, to people who install solar up to 3 megawatts, but there is a strong disincentive to install larger amounts. This shuts off the option to farmers who want to put a large solar array on their barn, or business owners who want to solarise a warehouse.

“The Greens have been working for years to encourage the use of feed-in laws and, with partial movement in SA, the ACT, Queensland and Victoria, as well as our draft Bill in the Senate, it looks like their moment may have finally come.

“Hydro Tasmania and Aurora should join us in convincing the Government to introduce legislation to enable every householder, farmer or business owner in Tasmania to make a profitable contribution to expanding our state’s zero emissions energy generation.”

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