The Australian electricity industry faces many challenges in adapting to changed circumstances and consumers often bear the brunt through higher energy bills.
The current approach taken in Tasmania is focused mainly on the issue of retail competition, and ignores the state’s enormous potential for leading the way in distributed and renewable energy generation. With this mindset, solar photovoltaics are seen as a problem rather than a valuable part of a wider transition to affordable, sustainable energy.
The Issues Paper released by Treasury and the Government as part of their review of feed-in tariffs has consistently overstated the cost of the current scheme in an apparent attempt to create division between today’s solar owners and other consumers by claiming that there is inequity and cost to consumers.
The Issues Paper ignores or misunderstands the workings of the energy market and belittles the material contributions that the domestic solar industry makes to Tasmania.