Tasmanian businesses and the economy are being hamstrung by Jeremy Rockliff and the Liberals’ failure to manage the state’s energy resources.
Tasmanian major industrials – the backbone of our economy for 100 years – are being constrained and told they cannot access any additional power.
It means a project critical to secure their future cannot go ahead.
It’s clear there is no power available. The Tasmanian Economic Regulator’s latest electricity market analysis shows there is no available power for new energy projects until at least the middle of next year.
And even Premier Rockliff admitted yesterday that “Tasmania has a power supply challenge” and “capacity is limited”.
The situation has become so dire that the state is having to run the open-cycle, gas-fired power station at Bell Bay – though the Premier had no idea and misled the House on the matter this morning.
After 10 years of the minority Liberal Government, Tasmania is effectively running out of power, and this is putting a handbrake on our economy.
Dean Winter MP
Shadow Minister for Energy and Renewables