A new ACT Bill aims to bring forward its target of zero
net emissions by a decade to give effect to the Government's
recent policies on greenhouse gas emission reduction and renewable
On 5 May 2016, the Renewable Energy Legislation Amendment Bill
2016 was passed by the ACT Parliament. Upon commencement, the Bill
will make amendments to the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas
Reduction Act 2010 and the Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale
Renewable Energy Generation) Act 2011 (FiT
Greenhouse gas emission reduction and renewable energy
The purpose of the Climate Change Act is to set targets for
reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the ACT, provide for
monitoring and reporting in relation to targets, facilitate the
Government's development of policies and programs to meet the
targets and to address and adapt to climate change and to encourage
private entities to take action to address climate change and
recognise the entities that take action.
Currently, the Climate Change Act sets the following targets to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the ACT:
principal target ? to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to
achieve zero net emissions 1 by 30 June 2060;
interim targets ? to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to:
40% less than 1990 emissions 2 by 30 June 2020;
80% less than 1990 emissions by 30 June 2050.
Under the Climate Change Act, the Minister is also required to
determine targets for the use or generation of renewable energy in
the ACT. The Minister made a determination in 2011 to set the
Renewable Energy Target as 25% by the year 2020. A subsequent
determination was made in 2013 to increase the amount to 90% by the
year 2020. At the end of April this year, the Minister made a
determination to further increase the Renewable Energy Target to
100% by the year 2020.
The purpose of the FiT Act is to promote the establishment of
large-scale facilities for the generation of electricity from a
range of renewable energy sources to reduce the ACT's
contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and help achieve targets
to reduce the ACT's greenhouse gas emissions.
To achieve this purpose, the FiT Act currently supports the
feed-in tariff scheme where large renewable energy generators with
a total capacity of 550MW (FiT capacity) which are connected to the
interconnected national electricity system are entitled to receive
support payments in respect of "eligible electricity"
(ie. electricity generated using a renewable energy source and sold
through the national electricity market or directly to a market
participant) (Feed-in Tariff (FiT) entitlements).3
1zero net emissions means
that any emissions of greenhouse gas in the ACT are balanced
avoidance and mitigation activities; and
emissions offsets outside the ACT.
21990 emissions means the
amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the ACT for the year ending
on 30 June 1990. 3large renewable energy generator
means a generating system that —
generates electricity using a renewable energy source;
has a capacity of more than 200kW.
renewable energy source means any of the
following energy sources:
another energy source declared by the
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