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Tasmania's Renewable Energy Future - Submission to the Draft Tasmanian Renewable Energy Action Plan to the Tasmanian State Government

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Abdussamie, N and Ascui, F and Byrne, J and Eccleston, R and Forster, C and Franklin, E and Fyfe, M and Gale, F and Gales, O and Garaniya, V and Hann, V and Harrison, M and Hemer, M and Hyslop, S and Lovell, H and MacFarlane, G and Nader, J-R and Parr, B and Penesis, I and Peterson, C and Smith, M and Stratford, E and Watson, P and White, MW, Tasmania's Renewable Energy Future - Submission to the Draft Tasmanian Renewable Energy Action Plan to the Tasmanian State Government, Tasmanian Policy Exchange, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 1-85. (2020) [Government or Industry Research]


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Abstract

This submission has been prepared as a contribution to the development of the Draft Tasmanian Renewable Energy Action Plan 2020 (TREAP). The analysis responds to the specific questions posed in the TREAP while also outlining a wider range of options which could be considered as part of a broader energy and emissions strategy. The overall aim of the Action Plan should be to develop an advanced and sustainable energy system which delivers long-term economic, social and environmental benefits to the Tasmanian community while making a significant contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions nationally. It is an opportunity for Tasmania to provide leadership in relation to one of the most significant global challenges of our age.

Given the need to decarbonise electricity generation and energy systems more broadly this submission supports the TREAP target of doubling renewable energy generation in Tasmania by 2040. Doubling Tasmania’s renewable energy generation over the next 20 years is an important goal but more can be done to manage risks associated with the TREAP and maximise the long-term benefits for the Tasmanian community. Specifically, this submission identifies four key issues which require further consideration during the development of the Action Plan:

1. Identify and address the potential risks associated with the TREAP

Initiatives within the TREAP have the potential to unlock over $7 billion in investment and create up to 4,000 direct jobs at the peak of the construction phase. This represents a significant opportunity for Tasmania, but we must continue to analyse, acknowledge and address the financial, social and environmental risks associated with significantly increasing renewable electricity generation and interconnection with the National Energy Market (NEM).

2. Maximise and promote the long-term benefits of the TREAP for Tasmania

We must ensure that communities, both those directly involved in renewable energy projects and Tasmania as a whole, enjoy long-term benefits from increased investment in renewable energy projects. Providing training to maximise local employment in the industry will enable communities to work in and benefit from the expansion of the energy sector. Engaging with communities and responding to their needs and concerns in a consistent and coordinated manner will also be critically important for securing community support.

3. Use increased renewable energy generation to develop new low-carbon industries

The TREAP and the further development of Tasmania’s renewable energy assets should be regarded as a foundation for Tasmania’s transition to a sustainable low-carbon economy or ‘climate positive’ economy. Tasmania is already on the cusp of meeting its on-island needs from renewable sources and now should use this resource to phase out fossil fuel use in transport, heating and industrial applications. The Action Plan should be complemented by a comprehensive strategy to promote Tasmania’s world leading emissions profile and increase investment and innovation in emerging low carbon industries to deliver long-term, state-wide benefits.

4. Develop Tasmania’s ‘brand’ as a sustainable, innovative, low-carbon economy

Pursuing a world-leading target for renewable energy production and establishing an innovative and prosperous low-carbon economy will also deliver benefits beyond energy intensive industries. If we can build and promote a renewable energy and low carbon ‘brand’ it will benefit exporters and help attract visitors whether they be tourists, students widely shared vision which delivers both environmental dividends and sustainable employment and economic growth will deliver long-term benefits to the Tasmanian community.

In addition to the four key issues outlined above, this submission makes 28 specific recommendations in response to discussion questions raised in the TREAP. These recommendations are provided in the relevant section of the submission and presented as a consolidated list at the end of the full submission.

Item Details

Item Type:Government or Industry Research
Keywords:Submission to the Draft Tasmanian Renewable Energy Action Plan, renewable energy, government, policy, legislation
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Urban and regional planning
Research Field:Land use and environmental planning
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Processing of energy sources
Objective Field:Hydrogen production from renewable energy
UTAS Author:Abdussamie, N (Dr Nagi Abdussamie)
UTAS Author:Ascui, F (Dr Francisco Ascui)
UTAS Author:Byrne, J (Professor Jason Byrne)
UTAS Author:Eccleston, R (Professor Richard Eccleston)
UTAS Author:Forster, C (Ms Clarissa Forster)
UTAS Author:Franklin, E (Associate Professor Evan Franklin)
UTAS Author:Fyfe, M (Ms Moya Fyfe)
UTAS Author:Gale, F (Professor Fred Gale)
UTAS Author:Gales, O (Mr Oliver Gales)
UTAS Author:Garaniya, V (Associate Professor Vikram Garaniya)
UTAS Author:Hann, V (Ms Veryan Hann)
UTAS Author:Harrison, M (Associate Professor Matthew Harrison)
UTAS Author:Hemer, M (Dr Mark Hemer)
UTAS Author:Hyslop, S (Ms Sarah Hyslop)
UTAS Author:Lovell, H (Professor Heather Lovell)
UTAS Author:MacFarlane, G (Associate Professor Gregor MacFarlane)
UTAS Author:Nader, J-R (Dr Jean-Roch Nader)
UTAS Author:Parr, B (Mr Benjamin Parr)
UTAS Author:Penesis, I (Professor Irene Penesis)
UTAS Author:Peterson, C (Mr Corey Peterson)
UTAS Author:Smith, M (Mr Miles Smith)
UTAS Author:Stratford, E (Professor Elaine Stratford)
UTAS Author:Watson, P (Dr Phillipa Watson)
UTAS Author:White, MW (Mr Mark White)
ID Code:141062
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2020-09-22
Last Modified:2021-07-26
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