THE ACT can get 90 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 and still pay the cheapest power bills in the country, according to Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development Simon Corbell.Mr Corbell said in a statement today that modelling undertaken for the ACT’s climate change policy showed it was possible to meet the 90 per cent target by 2020 and still enjoy the nation’s lowest household electricity prices.
He also referred to a report released in March by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), which estimates future electricity prices around the nation until 2015.
The ACT currently has the lowest prices – around two thirds of the national average – and will continue to until 2015 in the scenario projected by the AEMC, which shows the territory’s prices rising by an average of 3 per cent a year in that period.
“Despite having the lowest electricity prices, the ACT has one of the highest household uses of energy in Australia,” Mr Corbell said.
“This makes energy efficiency improvements the number one opportunity for the government to support households facing cost of living pressures.”
Tips to save on home electricity and information about rebates is available from actsmart.act.gov.au