Friday, June 21, 2024

ACT launches consultation on all-electric future plan

The ACT Government has begun consulting on the Territory’s first Integrated Energy Plan, on its pathway to full electrification.

Chief Minister and Minister for Climate Action, Andrew Barr said that once completed, the plan will guide the Government on how best to support the transition to an all-electric future.

“Canberra is leading the nation in transitioning to sustainability. This is a complex task, but we are well on our way,” said Minister Barr.

“About a third of Canberra households are already experiencing the benefits of an all-electric home, and even more are embracing sustainable technologies such as solar panels and home battery systems. We are leading the country on ZEV uptake with one in five new car registrations being a ZEV this year.”

He said Canberrans were embracing the objective a net zero emissions city but there was still a way to go.

“The Position Paper released today outlines our draft plan to help make the switch to electric easier for the community.  We are now inviting the community to contribute to this process,” said Mr Barr.

The Integrated Energy Plan will set out the strategy for how the Territory will transform its energy systems to ensure an affordable and zero emissions energy future and support a fair and equitable transition.

It will provide a clear pathway to deliver this transition and help achieve the ACTs legislated emissions reductions targets over the next two decades, said Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction, Shane Rattenbury.

“The ACT is the first Australian jurisdiction to be powered by 100% renewable electricity and to commit to phasing out fossil gas. We have set world leading emissions targets and are making the important changes that are needed to achieve them,” said Mr Rattenbury.

“Setting a clear direction for electrifying our city will mean that we cut emissions and that our community will see substantial savings as renewable electricity takes centre stage in powering homes and businesses. With rising gas costs, electrification offers a more affordable, zero emissions alternative.

“We know that community members will have useful feedback on our initial direction, and we invite Canberrans to have their say on the best pathway to creating cleaner and more affordable all-electric future for our city,” he said.

The government is seeking feedback on how the ACT can best ensure a reliable, affordable and zero emissions energy system into the future.

The consultation will seek advice on the best way to share information throughout the transition, how to effectively engage and support low-income households, how to support businesses and multi-unit buildings, and how to establish collaborative partnerships to deliver these objectives.

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