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Final Report

The Tasmanian Energy Security Taskforce’s Final Report was released on 16 August 2017.

The Taskforce reaffirms in its Final Report that Tasmania’s energy security is the responsibility of the Tasmanian Government and it clarifies and builds on the recommendations made in the Interim Report, which strengthen the roles and frameworks that support the Government in achieving this responsibility.

As a consequence of higher than average inflows over the past year, the Taskforce’s assessment is that Tasmania’s electricity energy security is currently ‘Managed’ and there are no immediate threats to energy security.

Modelling and analysis undertaken by the Taskforce reinforces that the following five priority actions identified in the Taskforce’s Interim Report should be acted upon by 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.

These priority actions are supported by a total of 36 recommendations in the Final Report, 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.

For the Final Report, the Taskforce has continued with an evidence-based approach to undertaking its energy security risk assessment for both electricity and gas energy security, with the findings and recommendations being developed on the basis of information sought by the Taskforce, together with its own modelling of options for addressing Tasmania’s energy security.

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

  • Final Report (PDF)
  • Final Report Executive Summary (PDF)

As required under its Terms of Reference, the Taskforce has provided the Final Report the Minister for Energy.

The Taskforce is grateful to all stakeholders who took the time to prepare a submission or engage directly on matters pertinent to the Taskforce’s Terms of Reference.