Tasmania has enormous potential in renewable energy.
Our intergenerational investment in hydro power, abundant wind resource and extensive renewable energy expertise means we should be leading the nation on energy.
Labor is committed to restoring Tasmania’s renewable energy advantage.
Fostering a more diverse energy generation system will reduce power bills, protect our energy intensive industries, provide energy security in times of drought and enhance the case for a second Bass Strait interconnector.
What’s the issue?
The Federal Liberal Government has created massive policy uncertainty for renewable energy projects.
Time and time again the State Liberals have shown they are unwilling or unable to stand up to Canberra.
State Labor will work with a future Shorten Labor Government to fully realise Tasmania’s renewable energy potential.
Who’s Labor talking to?
Renewable energy technology is rapidly evolving which means energy policy must also be adaptable to changing circumstances.
Labor worked closely with energy experts and major energy users to develop a comprehensive suite of policies for the 2018 election. We will continue to review and update these policies in the lead up to the next election.
What will Labor do?
Labor will keep our energy businesses and their subsidiaries in public hands so that they can work for the benefit of the entire state.
Labor will ask Government Business Enterprises to review executive bonuses and ensure that, if they are paid at all, they are linked to operational efficiencies and reductions in energy costs for households and small businesses rather than company profits.
Labor will commit to keeping the Tamar Valley Power Station, as a critical energy security asset.
Community Solar Hubs
Under Labor every new public housing property built will have solar panels and batteries installed.
Labor will seek financing assistance from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and ARENA to expand the Community Solar Hub program to government buildings such as schools, hospitals and offices.
We will also seek to partner with businesses in light industrial zones, particularly in energy intensive industries to install renewable energy generation.
Labor’s intention is to create a virtual power plant of connected homes, businesses and government buildings capable of contributing to the state’s energy security.
Renewable energy on farms
A Majority Labor Government will incentivise the installation of renewable energy on farms.
Under current policies, electricity that is generated through a renewable energy installation can only be used to offset costs behind one meter.
That means if a large bank of solar panels is attached to a dairy it can only offset energy costs at the dairy, it can’t be used to power a pump or pivot irrigator on the same property.
Labor will allow energy generated at one site to be used across all meters on the same property, provided it is used in real time.
Community Wind Initiative
As part of the development of new wind farms, Labor will explore the opportunities of community co-ownership.
Under co-ownership a percentage share of a large scale renewable project is sold to a community-owned energy company.
It allows individual members of the community to buy into renewable energy projects for as little as $5000, in return for some share of generation revenue, including energy sales.
Co-ownership has been pioneered in Denmark, and successfully adopted in the United States, where 42 million people are served by community owned energy companies.
New Energy Storage Technologies
Labor will empower TasNetworks to work with renewable energy storage developers to future-proof their network and assets and take advantage of technological advances in renewable energy generation and storage.
We will leverage a minimum of $1 of private investment for every public dollar spent to enable developers of energy storage systems to trial a portfolio of new energy storage technologies, including batteries and electrolysers for hydrogen production.
Labor will provide energy efficiency upgrades for two thousand low income families around the state.
Public housing tenants will receive energy efficiency upgrades such as water saving shower heads, draught proofing and insulation along with education to assist with lowering the power bill, with an average saving of $400 per household a year.
Labor is committed to installing 1000 heat pumps into the homes of tenants in the oldest public housing properties.
Labor will take a leadership role in developing a network of electric vehicle charging stations for Tasmania. A carefully planned network of fast charging stations will extend the range of electric vehicles. This is crucial if we are to market Tasmania as an electric vehicle friendly place to visit.
Labor will pilot the roll-out of electric vehicles across the Government vehicle fleet.
We would also work with local government, the University of Tasmania, taxi and hire car companies to achieve economies of scale in fleet purchasing.
Labor is committed to realising advanced manufacturing opportunities, based on alternative fuel transport.
Labor will establish a pilot program to convert existing Metro busses to run on electricity and other alternative fuels like hydrogen. This program would retain specialist manufacturing jobs on the North West Coast and establish a new, modern industry for the region.