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Tasmanian Energy Security Taskforce

Interim Report

The Tasmanian Energy Security Taskforce released its Interim Report on 21 December 2016.

The Taskforce affirms in its Interim Report that Tasmania’s energy security is the responsibility of the Tasmanian Government and it sets out recommendations to clarify the roles and strengthen the frameworks that support the Government in achieving this responsibility.  

The Taskforce assesses that there is no immediate risk to energy security after the higher than average rainfall this past winter and Basslink is back in service.

However, an examination of recent history reveals four energy security threats this century, with the recent 2015-16 situation being the most significant energy security risk to Tasmania since 1968. The Taskforce concludes that the incidence and the severity of these events calls for more conservative energy security settings. The Taskforce’s consultation process also revealed heightened community concern and an appetite for a higher level of insurance to improve the security of energy supply.

The Taskforce has recommended five priority actions for the Tasmanian Government.

  1. Define energy security and responsibilities.
  2. Strengthen independent energy security monitoring and assessment.
  3. Establish a more rigorous and more widely understood framework for the management of water storages.
  4. Retain the Tamar Valley Power Station as a backup power station for the present and provide clarity to the Tasmanian gas market.
  5. Support new on-island generation and customer innovation.

The priority actions are supported by 32 recommendations and have been designed to ensure households and businesses can have high confidence in their energy needs being met following the 2015-16 energy security event.

The Taskforce has developed an energy security assessment framework to consider both electricity and gas energy security. The emphasis in the Interim Report is on Tasmania’s short-term situation, whereas the Final Report will focus on medium to long-term solutions to the issues and challenges identified in the Interim Report.

The Interim Report, and its Executive Summary, can be accessed through the links below.  

The Taskforce welcomed feedback on the Interim Report, as well as the Taskforce’s proposed direction for the Final Report. The Taskforce would like to thank all organisations who provided submissions during the feedback period. The Taskforce will continue to engage with stakeholders as it undertakes its work program, and will take all feedback into consideration as it develops its Final Report by June 2017.