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This priority area aims to advance our renewable energy capability by supporting national energy security solutions in the transition to a low carbon generation network and continuing to work with Tasmanian Government agencies, local government and business to improve energy efficiency.
Promote Tasmanian and National emissions reduction and energy security by continuing to invest in hydro-electricity assets, considering the findings of relevant studies to further Tasmania’s renewable electricity generation, progressing opportunities for further renewable energy development, and advocating for Tasmania to play a significant role in national energy security
The Tasmanian Government has committed to make Tasmania energy self-sufficient with an additional 1,000 gigawatt hours of on-island renewable energy generation by the end of 2022.
Key projects are underway, including a feasibility study into locations for pumped-hydro and a feasibility study into a second Bass Strait interconnector (Project Marinus).
Provide resources and guidance materials to support businesses and households to access the Tasmanian Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme or other finance options
The $40 million Tasmanian Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme (TEELS) closed in April 2019.
The TCCO provides information on the practical actions households and businesses can take to improve energy efficiency.
Work with businesses to maximise energy efficiency and identify energy savings projects eligible for application to the Tasmanian Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme or other finance options
The Power$mart Businesses program offers funding to eligible Tasmanian businesses for energy efficiency audits, and provides an audit report detailing practical information about ways to improve energy efficiency. Improved energy efficiency can help lower power bills, protect against future energy price rises, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Eleven applications from Tasmanian businesses were received, with audits underway for six of these businesses.
Determine the suitability of Environmental Upgrade Agreements and other financing options to support energy upgrades in Tasmania’s non-residential building stock
An Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUAs) feasibility study has been completed. EUAs are financial arrangements that provide low-cost long-term loans to building owners to improve energy efficiency. The Final Report indicated that EUAs do not currently present a viable option for Tasmania. This conclusion was informed by the views of local stakeholders, the level of success of similar schemes in place in other Australian jurisdictions, and the number of upgrade projects that would be required for a Tasmanian EUA scheme to be economically viable.
Work with local government and service providers to support the delivery of energy efficient street lighting and smart controls projects
The Tasmanian Government participated in a workshop with local government and TasNetworks to discuss the barriers to the rollout of high efficiency street lighting technologies and smart control systems.
Work continues to provide efficient and cost effective solutions to increase the numbers of high efficiency street lights.
Support Tasmanian Government agencies to monitor and report energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions
Implementation of a replacement whole-of-government energy use and emissions monitoring software platform is expected to be completed by mid-2019.
Improve the energy efficiency of Tasmanian Government owned and leased buildings through energy audits, cost-effective capital upgrades and a behaviour change program
Energy audits have been completed at a number of agency sites including Ogilvie and Taroona High Schools for DoE and the Hobart Fire Station and Regional Office for DPFEM.
DPIPWE is currently arranging for energy audits to be carried out at the New Town and Mt Pleasant laboratories.