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ACT to target 100% renewable power by 2020

By Charlotte Harper - 29 April 2016 124

Simon Corbell

The ACT will target 100% renewable energy use by 2020, five years earlier than previously announced, cementing its position as a world leader in the commitment to renewables.

To meet the 100% target the government will expand its current large-scale renewable energy auction process from 109MW to 200MW, with additional capacity to be awarded subject to the value for money of the proposals brought forward, according to ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell.

“Adding an extra 91MW of renewables to our current auction process will allow us to take advantage of the record low prices and significant local investment we have achieved in our recent auctions,” Mr Corbell said.

Legislation will be introduced to change the ACT’s feed-in-tariff legislation to accommodate the extra capacity required to meet the new target.

Canberrans will see a significant increase in the power bills in the first year as a result of the move to renewables, peaking at around $5.50 per household per week, but Mr Corbell says that will drop off over time and will be largely offset by energy savings from mandated energy efficiency measures.

The Minister said that with the current auction process underway, the ACT would have secured enough renewable energy to meet its previous 90% renewable energy target by 2020 while demonstrating that the switch to renewables was both achievable and affordable.

“As leaders in the renewable energy field the ACT is reaping the environmental and economic benefits of decarbonisation,” he said.

“Not only are we providing clean power for the people of Canberra, we are also delivering jobs and economic benefits by securing $400 million in local investment through our reverse auction process.

“Taking the extra step to 100% at this time lets us take advantage of favourable market conditions to lock in great long-term prices for Canberrans. It also ensures we can meet our emission reduction targets if the Commonwealth’s policy framework for its Renewable Energy Target continues to falter.”

The Government’s reverse auction process has driven down the price of wind and solar energy to record lows. These reductions mean that the latest estimated price for 100% renewables in line with the estimates set out in Climate Change Action Plan 2 for achieving 90% renewables.

“I am confident we can reach this highly ambitious target in the next four years, which will certainly place the territory at the forefront of the renewable energy target rankings,” Mr Corbell said.

File photo of Simon Corbell by Charlotte Harper

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ACT to target 100% renewable power by 2020
Southmouth 7:50 pm 29 Apr 16

What he actually means is that he will use our money to subsidise the same quantity of energy that the ACT consumes, from Green sources. That’s not the same thing as “use”.

rubaiyat 6:08 pm 29 Apr 16

Acton said :

MERC600 said :

Didn’t they just rise it. Previously the numbers didn’t add up.

That $5.5 seems pretty low.

Unless there is energy storage where does the renewable power come from when the wind stops at night?

Snowy Mountains hydro power and power from the Tarago biomass-fuelled facility?

…and oh look, its dark and the wind is still blowing! …and unusually warm as we almost turn the corner to May.

But don’t get in the way of the blowhards who insist on a dirty future because God loves pollution!

I gave up on trying to point out the Niagara Of Nonsense on a US website because it never, Never, NEVER ends, and here I am. If someone doesn’t point out the bleedin’ obvious it all stands as “fresh facts”, just made up this morning.

What exactly do these prople think the cost of inaction will be? As I point out often enough if they don’t like having to pay to clean up Mr Fluffy what do they think all the global pollution and its consequences is going to cost?

HiddenDragon 6:07 pm 29 Apr 16

“….peaking at around $5.50 per household per week, but Mr Corbell says that will drop off over time and will be largely offset by energy savings from mandated energy efficiency measures….”

Full details of the “mandated energy effiency measures” would be useful, particularly if this is a reference to measures which are in contemplation, but which have not yet been made public.

The “price signals” arising from the move to 100% renewables should be enough for the great majority of households and commercial users – we really don’t need clunky, one-size-fits-all “efficiency measures”, patronisingly dressed up with “smart” as part of their title and enforced by ratepayer funded energy police.

wildturkeycanoe 6:04 pm 29 Apr 16

Will this be a mandated legacy we need to pay for even after Labor is kicked out of office, like the tram?

gooterz 5:31 pm 29 Apr 16

When are they banning petrol cars?

Oh snap they aren’t so this is just another platitude to the green vote.

Would love to see the numbers on this, apparently the 100Megawatt was a 1.5 billion dollar investment over a decade or two. Is this double that payment or have they just redone the numbers to say the 250MW plant will occasionally supply 200 MW meaning that occasionally we’ll be 100% renewable?

The next thing they’ll mention is that a fraction of that 3 billion will come back as jobs and growth.
Neglecting what 3 billion dollars could have for Canberra.

Nilrem 5:10 pm 29 Apr 16

John Hargreaves said :

When did our government get the right to force us to buy “green” energy? Where is our choice? Nanny state needs to keep their hands off our civil liberties. What if one were to run their household on diesel generators? Will that become illegal? What of people buying power outside of Canberra. All I can say is, once we get to 2020, they better disconnect from the grid of other states to prove we aren’t using coal. I bet they can’t.

At about the time that governments gained the right to make law for peace, order and good government.

dungfungus 4:28 pm 29 Apr 16

dungfungus said :

The 100 per cent renewable target will add $290 to the average electricity bill.
Last FY my household electricity bill was $1513, so a $290 increase is in effect a 19%pa increase.
If the average electricity bill in Canberra is around $1500 per year then we can all expect a 19% increase on account of the economically irrational, ideological driven policies of the departing Simon Corbell.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/act-commits-to-100-per-cent-renewable-energy-target-by-2020-simon-corbell-20160428-goh1l9.html

Will he get the $30,000 “moving allowance” when he leaves?

dungfungus 4:25 pm 29 Apr 16

Acton said :

MERC600 said :

Didn’t they just rise it. Previously the numbers didn’t add up.

That $5.5 seems pretty low.

Unless there is energy storage where does the renewable power come from when the wind stops at night?

Snowy Mountains hydro power and power from the Tarago biomass-fuelled facility?

That is of course if there is any available and even then it will probably be at a premium price.
Canberra has its own biomass generators at the Mugga Lane Resource area. Isn’t this good enough for us to use?

Mysteryman 3:10 pm 29 Apr 16

Canberrans will see a significant increase in the power bills in the first year as a result of the move to renewables, peaking at around $5.50 per household per week, but Mr Corbell says that will drop off over time and will be largely offset by energy savings from mandated energy efficiency measures.

It will “drop off”, will it? I’m sure he means for that to sound like the price will go back down, but it won’t. It’s just a sly way of saying “there will be a significant increase in the first year. After that there will be increases but the rate at which it increases won’t be quite as high”.

Also, the “mandated energy efficiency measures” like having my lights replaced by less effective CFL bulbs won’t offset the $250 a year increase in power bills, no matter how Corbell and the born-to-dictate party spin it.

I think renewable energy is a great idea and I genuinely hope we can transition to 100% renewable energy supply. But on the other hand I’m sick of the ever increasing cost to live in this Labor/Green town. Renewable energy isn’t a finite resource. I hope we don’t end up paying for it like it is, but my confidence in this government dwindled long ago.

wildturkeycanoe 3:01 pm 29 Apr 16

When did our government get the right to force us to buy “green” energy? Where is our choice? Nanny state needs to keep their hands off our civil liberties. What if one were to run their household on diesel generators? Will that become illegal? What of people buying power outside of Canberra. All I can say is, once we get to 2020, they better disconnect from the grid of other states to prove we aren’t using coal. I bet they can’t.

Nilrem 1:50 pm 29 Apr 16

MERC600 said :

Didn’t they just rise it. Previously the numbers didn’t add up.

That $5.5 seems pretty low.

Unless there is energy storage where does the renewable power come from when the wind stops at night?

Snowy Mountains hydro power and power from the Tarago biomass-fuelled facility?

Acton 1:23 pm 29 Apr 16

The 100 per cent renewable target will add $290 to the average electricity bill.
Last FY my household electricity bill was $1513, so a $290 increase is in effect a 19%pa increase.
If the average electricity bill in Canberra is around $1500 per year then we can all expect a 19% increase on account of the economically irrational, ideological driven policies of the departing Simon Corbell.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/act-commits-to-100-per-cent-renewable-energy-target-by-2020-simon-corbell-20160428-goh1l9.html

pajs 12:07 pm 29 Apr 16

Good stuff. Smart move to take advantage of cheaper prices and increase the purchase.

No_Nose 10:52 am 29 Apr 16

Will this end up like the ‘No Waste by 2010’ target?

gooterz 10:35 am 29 Apr 16

Didn’t they just rise it. Previously the numbers didn’t add up.

That $5.5 seems pretty low.

Unless there is energy storage where does the renewable power come from when the wind stops at night?

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