In making the announcement, the Minister has achieved a magic sleight of hand by indicating the ACT’s renewable energy targets are not additional to Federal renewable energy schemes, nor the voluntary green power purchase made by many Canberrans already.
“The Minister has admitted that the targets are actually just projections of what is already happening – no new ACT policies were put on the table,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“A state or territory renewable energy targets have always come with a mechanism to deliver it, and been separate to any federal Government policy – but this ACT Renewable Energy Target has no mechanism, and the “target” is just measuring what we are already doing.
“While the Government might claim that they are meeting the Parliamentary Agreement commitment, all previous state targets have sat outside Federal Government schemes.
“In confirming that the Federal target would contribute to the ACT target, the Minister effectively only announced 5% extra by 2020 for the ACT.