2024 Tasmanian State Election Policy Tracker: Energy

Bring down energy costs by extending energy bill relief, improving access to the electricity concession and accelerating household energy efficiency.

  • 50,000

    Tasmanian households are experiencing energy poverty. Source: Brotherhood of St. Laurence (2022), Power Pain: An Investigation of Energy Stress in Australia

TasCOSS’s election asks:

  • Lock in energy bill relief by extending the Energy Bill Relief Fund over the Forward Estimates, providing a minimum payment of $250 per year (current rate) indexed to regulated price increases.
  • Improve the electricity concession scheme by shifting to a more equitable, percentage-based payment and extending eligibility to households that qualify for Energy Bill Relief Fund payments.
  • Significant investments to accelerate energy efficiency upgrades for social housing, private rentals and homeowners on low incomes.

The information in the table below is gleaned from candidate and party responses and policy announcements during the campaign. Neither the Liberal or Labor parties chose to formerly respond to TasCOSS’s election platform, however we conducted our own analysis of their publicly available policies. Our election tracker is provided as a guide to inform members, and we encourage you to undertake your own research on candidate and party policy positions. All candidate and party responses received are available in full here:

PartyHeadline Announcement(s)Source/Further Information
Lock in bill reliefLiberal — One-off $250 Renewable Energy Dividend

Labor — Reverse power price increases (saving $400 for the average household) and cap power price rises at 2.5%, along with the removal of power connection/disconnection charges for renters. Bring forward outstanding Energy Bill Relief Fund payments, so that households will receive a further $375 bill relief before the end of the 2023/24 Financial Year

Greens — Bring down bills by putting a cap on electricity prices

Kristie Johnston — Supports minimum bill relief of $250 per year over four years

David O’Byrne — Supports indexed energy bill relief payments  

John Tucker — Supports power prices being reduced to where the cost of hydro is equal to the revenue

Sue Hickey — Electricity prices must be controlled, whether by capping prices or beefing up the existing Energy Saver Loan Scheme

Tamar Cordover — Supports measures to reduce energy costs
Liberal policy

Labor policy

Greens policy

TasCOSS election platform responses
Shift to a percentage-based concession and extend eligibilityLiberal — No commitment announced

Labor — No commitment announced

Greens — No commitment announced

Kristie Johnston — Supports a percentage-based concession and extending eligibility

David O’Byrne — Supports a percentage-based concession
Liberal policy

Labor policy

Greens policy

TasCOSS election platform responses
Significant investment in household energy efficiencyLiberal — Extend No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS) Tasmania Energy Saver Loan Subsidy to $500,000 per year

Labor — Provide $5 million to upgrade 2,500 public and social homes with energy efficiency upgrades, and provide an incentive program for landlords with $1,000 available per home for energy efficiency upgrades when the landlord provides a matched contribution. Boost to NILS Tasmania of $800,000 per year, along with a four year extension of Energy Saver Loan Scheme

Greens — Introduce minimum energy efficiency standards for rental properties. Rooftop solar systems for public housing new builds and retrofits. Grants of up to $2,000 for energy efficiency upgrades to 2,500 low income households, and expanded support for other households to install solar and batteries

Kristie Johnston — Supports significant investments to accelerate energy efficiency upgrades for social housing, private rentals and homeowners on low incomes

Tamar Cordover — Supports solar incentives for rental accommodation
Liberal policy 

Labor policy 
Greens policy

TasCOSS election platform responses
LAST UPDATED: 12noon, Monday 25 March 2024

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