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Parliamentary Questions

Question On Notice No. 2486 asked in the Legislative Council on 17 September 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment representing the Minister for Energy
Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

I refer to the transforming energy generation section in the State Government’s climate change issues paper, specifically the reference to Western Australia’s share of Commonwealth funding to support Western Australia’s transition to a low-carbon future, and I ask:
(a) will the Minister please table all funding applications for Federal investment, including the funding and/or investment program, project name, funding amount, date of application and date the funding was granted, if applicable, made during this term;
(b) of these funding applications, which were successful; and
(c) will the Minister, please table feedback provided by the Federal Government, regarding the unsuccessful applications?

Answered on 22 October 2019

(a) The Government wishes to work with the Commonwealth in respect of Western Australia’s transition to a lower carbon energy system noting that the Commonwealth has made substantial funding commitments relevant to the National Energy Market, including;

    • buying out the New South Wales and Victorian Governments’ shares of Snowy Hydro (around $6 billion);

    • funding for the Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro storage project (a $1.4 billion equity injection; total expected cost up to $5.1 billion plus $2 billion for transmission upgrades); and

    • $56 million for Project Marinus, a Bass Strait transmission connection between Victoria and Tasmania, and a commitment to underwrite the ‘Battery of the Nation’ pumped hydro storage project in Tasmania.   

There is however no formal funding application process relating to the engagement that the State Government has initiated with the Commonwealth to obtain a fair Commonwealth Government contribution to the energy infrastructure needs of Western Australia.

(b)-(c)    Not applicable