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Question Without Notice No. 261 asked in the Legislative Council on 11 April 2018 by Hon Dr Steve Thomas

Minister responding: Hon B.S. Wyatt
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 11 April 2018

2020 LARGE-SCALE RENEWABLE ENERGY TARGET

261. Hon Dr STEVE THOMAS to the minister representing the Minister for Energy:

I refer to the media release from the Minister for Energy on 10 April 2018 that announced new renewable energy projects to meet the 2020 Large-scale Renewable Energy Target.

(1) Why does the media release not mention the election commitment for a biomass plant in the seat of Collie–Preston and what will this project's contribution be to the 2020 LRET?

(2) Why does the media release not mention the election commitment for a solar plant in the seat of Collie–Preston and what will this project's contribution be to the 2020 LRET?

(3) Why does the media release not mention the election commitment for a wave plant in the seat of Albany and what will this project's contribution be to the 2020 LRET?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The media release was specific to the approval of Synergy entering into a joint venture with Dutch Infrastructure Fund and Australian superannuation fund Cbus, and the renewable projects to be developed as part of this joint venture that will contribute to the 2020 LRET. The capacity of any biomass plant to be built in Collie is yet to be determined and so any contribution to the 2020 LRET cannot be quantified at this time.

(2) The media release was specific to the approval of Synergy entering into a joint venture with DIF and Australian superannuation fund Cbus, and the renewable projects to be developed as part of this joint venture that will contribute to the 2020 LRET. The capacity of any solar plant to be built in Collie is yet to be determined and so any contribution to the 2020 LRET cannot be quantified at this time.

(3) The media release was specific to the approval of Synergy entering into a joint venture with DIF and Australian superannuation fund Cbus, and the renewable projects to be developed as part of this joint venture that will contribute to the 2020 LRET. The exact timing of the Albany wave research project's connection is yet to be determined, so its contributions to the 2020 LRET cannot be quantified at this time. The primary purpose of this project was not to be a significant contributor to the 2020 LRET, but rather research and development to increase the state's renewable energy expertise.