Renewable and more reliable energy in the Northern Territory’s remote communities is a step closer with community consultations for the Remote Power System Strategy (RPSS) now underway.
The initial consultations will involve land councils, regional government councils, local Aboriginal corporations, and other relevant stakeholders.
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The RPSS is a key initiative of the Territory Government’s commitment to deliver a renewable energy target of 50% by 2030.
The RPSS aims to achieve an average 7% of the combined electricity consumed in the 72 communities serviced by Indigenous Essential Services (IES), to come from renewable energy by 2030.
The benefits of 70% renewables in IES serviced communities by 2030 includes:
- reduced greenhouse gas emissions
- reduced noise levels
- improved electricity supply reliability from more modern power systems
- employment, contracting and operational opportunities for community-based Aboriginal organisations, businesses and corporations.
The consultation process will include engaging with stakeholders to understand their aspirations and the required support to implement the strategy.
The Territory Government will work with regional and remote Aboriginal organisations, businesses and corporations, to understand their aspirations to participate in delivery of the program.
These engagements will enable the optimal renewable development pathway, considering existing energy assets, community aspirations, electricity demand profiles and forecast growth for each community.
Northern Territory Minister for Renewable Energy Kate Worden said, “The Northern Territory is in the process of transitioning to a future where renewable energy will play a greater role in our energy consumption.
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“We are working towards our target of net zero emissions by 2050 and this strategy will play a significant role in achieving this.
“The strategy will also provide opportunities for local communities including training and employment.”