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Question Without Notice No. 474 asked in the Legislative Council on 19 May 2020 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon W.J. Johnston
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

RENEWABLE ENERGY

474. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the Minister for Energy:

I refer to comments made by the Minister for Energy in a RenewEconomy article from 6 May titled, ''W.A. sees no new thermal generation being built, even with no state RET''. Minister Johnston is quoted as stating, ''All future generation will be renewable because that's now the lowest cost.''

(1) Will the minister please confirm that all future generation in WA will be renewable and that there will be no new gas or coal generation in the state?

(2) Will the minister please confirm that the aforementioned statement applies to generation for export?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Energy.

(1) The statement I made was in respect of the south west interconnected system, which was that I do not expect any additional thermal generation to be built, as renewables are now the cheapest form of new build generation in the SWIS.

(2) There is no generation creating electricity for export from Western Australia.