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Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

6 September 2017

Matthew Groom, Minister for Energy

National report confirms Tasmania’s strong energy security position

The Electricity Statement of Opportunities Report, released today by the Australian Energy Market Operator shows that Tasmania continues to be one of the most energy secure states in the country.

The Report confirms that in Tasmania “…no material USE (unserved energy – ie blackouts) risk is expected … across the 10-year assessment period”.

This report reinforces the findings of the Energy Security Taskforce Report - Tasmania’s energy security position is very sound with high water storages, a fully-operational Basslink and the Tamar Valley Power Station available when required.

Our energy security is set to be further reinforced with new generation due to come on line in the near future at Wild Cattle Hill and at Granville Harbour. In fact, we are well on the way to achieving our stated goal to become 100 per cent renewable energy self-sufficient by 2022.

The Report also confirms that Tasmania’s position is in stark contrast to Victoria and South Australia which face serious energy security challenges including a strong likelihood of further power disruptions this summer.

Once again this highlights just how vital Tasmania’s clean, renewable, baseload hydro energy is becoming. The energy security problems of the mainland states represent real opportunity for Tasmania in providing support for further substantial renewable development in the State. That’s why the further expansion of our Hydro system is so important.

The Government continues to work in partnership with the Commonwealth Government to advance further renewable development opportunities with Hydro Tasmania, including augmenting the current system and pumped hydro, as well as looking at further opportunities in wind, biomass and solar generation.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to ensuring Tasmania remains one of the most energy secure states in the country as well as seizing every opportunity to maximise our further renewable energy development potential.

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