States and territories getting the job done: ACT renewable investments to benefit South Australian battery storage project

Released 25/07/2017

While the Federal Government fails to deliver on a clean energy future, states and territories are reaping the benefits of investments in renewable energy, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today.

The Hornsdale wind farm is a large-scale ACT-supported renewable energy project that today provides more than a third of the ACT’s renewable electricity supply.The ACT began receiving power from Hornsdale in February this year, and is ultimately set to generate renewable electricity to power more than 57,000 Canberra homes.

Located nearby, South Australia’s recently announced Tesla battery storage project will be paired with Hornsdale to reduce greenhouse emissions, provide important stability to the grid and save on infrastructure costs.

“It’s great to see that the South Australian Government has been able to build on the benefits that have come from the ACT’s investments in renewable energy and energy storage,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“While the Federal Government dithers on energy policy, this is a great example of the states and territories driving investment in clean energy technologies and delivering on a clean energy future.

“Ahead of the COAG Energy Council meeting later this week, the ACT hopes that all states and territories, along with the Federal Government, will come together and agree on a coordinated plan for transitioning the Australian economy towards cleaner energy.

“There’s no doubt that the future lies in renewable energy, and the era of dirty coal is over,” Mr Rattenbury added.

Tomorrow Minister Rattenbury will meet with former US Vice-President Al Gore and climate change ministers from around Australia as part of the 2017 EcoCity World Forum in Melbourne.

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