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Tasmania and community energy are a natural fit. Tassie has the tight knit communities, the love of renewable energy and the desire for energy security that makes locally owned renewable projects a no-brainer in the Apple Isle (plus, there’s a fair bit of storage up in them there hills). What is needed to really give locals the confidence and support they need to take charge of their energy future is a policy program designed to help them do just that. Smart Energy Communities is that program.

The CPA team recently visited Tassie in advance of next year’s State Election. We met with energy spokespeople from the Tasmanian Liberal, Labor and Green parties and found a lot of enthusiasm for the prospect of community energy in the state. Community pressure will determine if that enthusiasm becomes an election commitment or not.

If you would like to see Smart Energy Communities get off the ground in Tassie, let the state’s political leaders know at the details below. We’ve drafted a letter for you to use as is or edit as you see fit.


The Hon. Guy Barnett MP – Tasmanian Energy Minister

Level 5, 4 Salamanca Place, Hobart, 7000
(03) 6165 7678

Scott Bacon MP – Tasmanian Labor Energy Spokesperson

353 Main Road, Glenorchy, 7010
(03) 6212 2383

Rosalie Woodruff MP – Tasmanian Greens’ Energy Spokesperson

7 Franklin Wharf, Hobart, 7000
(03) 6212 2228


Dear X,

My name is X, I live in X. I am writing to you today to urge you to support the Smart Energy Communities Program.

The Tasmanian Government has been a strong supporter of renewable energy for decades. With world beating hydroelectric and wind resources, Tasmania was close to fossil fuel free while the rest of the country was still getting their shoes on.

If Tasmania wants to stay at the forefront of the national energy transition, it is time to embrace the potential of community owned renewable energy (CORE). There are now over ninety CORE groups operating around the country (up from five in 2011), giving local people and communities a chance to benefit from a renewable energy future.

This growth is just the beginning. Community power has enormous potential to reduce energy bills, build strong communities, encourage energy efficiency, provide network stability and reduce carbon emissions. For community power to flourish, however, it needs a policy framework in place to provide the advice, funding, support and, crucially, the certainty investors and communities are calling out for. The Smart Energy Communities Program provides this framework.

Tens of thousands of people all over Tasmania are locked out of benefiting from solar energy. The split-incentives that stop renters and apartment dwellers being able to benefit from solar installation or energy efficiency upgrades mean some of the most vulnerable people in the state are being left behind. With rising wholesale prices, it is more important than ever that these households have access to meaningful ways to reduce their energy bills. Initiatives supported by the Smart Energy Communities Program can provide this access.

Community power has an important role to play in ensuring the benefits of Tasmania’s continued renewable energy development are shared with the communities in which they operate. Local ownership or co-ownership of renewable energy projects devolve the economic benefits of renewable energy to communities and keep them there.

I would urge you to give community energy the backing it needs, and take the Smart Energy Communities Policy to the next election. With the right support, community power can play an important part in meeting the Tasmanian Government’s social, economic and environmental responsibilities.

For more information about the Smart Energy Communities Program and the great reasons the Tasmanian Government should back it, please visit

Yours sincerely, X

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