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Liberals’ failures on renewable energy highlighted


  • Feasibility study doesn’t make up for years of inaction  
  • Basslink report highlights Matthew Groom’s failures
  • Labor would bring new renewable projects online now

The announcement today of another “feasibility” study only highlights the State and Liberal Governments’ inaction on renewable energy.

After more than three years in Government the Liberals have not delivered a single additional megawatt of renewable energy in Tasmania.

“Hydro’s role in the Australian Renewable Energy Agency feasibility study is welcome but it’s a minor announcement,” Shadow Energy Minister Scott Bacon said.

“The release of the feasibility study into a second Basslink cable received comparatively little fanfare.

“That’s probably because it confirms what Labor has been saying for years – we need to invest in more renewable energy to make it a reality.

“Labor has a strategy to add at least an additional 500 megawatts of renewable energy to the grid over the next decade.

“There are renewable energy projects in Tasmania that are ready to go now, including Granville Harbour on the West Coast.

“We’d work with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to secure up to $200 million in public financing for eligible projects.

“Labor has bold policies when it comes to Tasmania’s energy security future.

“There is nothing bold about the approach from both the Hodgman and Turnbull governments.”