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Question Without Notice No. 554 asked in the Legislative Council on 7 September 2017 by Hon Tim Clifford

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

RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS
      554. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the Minister for Energy:
It was revealed in Senate budget estimates on 23 May 2017 that the Clean Energy Regulator reported that Western Australia has only 180 megawatts of renewable energy projects out of the 3 900 megawatts of new projects in the pipeline across Australia to meet the large‑scale renewable energy target.
(1) What is the cheapest megawatt‑hour price for those projects?
(2) Will the state government meet its requirement to comply with the LRET?
(3) Will the state government continue to purchase LRET credits from the national market?
      (4) Will the state government commit to building renewable energy projects on the south west interconnected system to meet the target?
      (5) Will the government be faced with $50 million per year in penalties if it does not comply with the LRET after 2020?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following information is provided on behalf of the Minister for Energy.
      (1) I will need to take this question on notice, as I require clarification by Hon Tim Clifford about what projects are included in the 180 megawatts of renewable energy projects that are in the pipeline.
(2) Synergy will meet its large‑scale renewable energy target obligations.
      (3)–(4) Synergy will meet its large‑scale renewable energy target obligations in a way that delivers best value to electricity consumers and taxpayers. Synergy is considering a wide range of options to achieve this objective.
(5) Not applicable.