The fossil gas industry has an uncertain future due to the global push to decarbonise and growing support for renewable energy generation. The release into the atmosphere of greenhouse gases and ongoing gas supply and affordability issues, are making the switch to cheaper and cleaner renewables based energy alternatives more attractive.
The pathway to a zero emissions energy system means getting our homes off gas. With Tasmania a leading renewable energy state, there are clear alternatives to fossil gas. All-electric homes powered by renewable energy are already accessible and are already saving residents money on energy bills.
TasCOSS is calling for a Future Gas Strategy that phases out fossil gas and supports households in the transition to electrification that leaves nobody behind. This means ending new gas connections, improving household energy efficiency and tackling the barriers to renewable energy-powered homes faced by renters and Tasmanians on low incomes.
Having a plan for this transition in the Future Gas Strategy will enable a gradual transition away from networked household gas, will reduce risks and costs and be less disruptive to households and the community. The Future Gas Strategy should identify transition pathways and policy programs and initiatives that will achieve a zero emissions energy system by reducing fossil gas, decarbonising the gas sector and increasing renewables-based electrification.
If we are to meet our renewable energy, emissions reduction and climate action goals, planning and implementing the translation to a zero emissions energy system must start now as part of a Future Gas Strategy.
Reticulated fossil gas will not be the best option for households in a zero emissions future. The phasing out of fossil gas use provides a real opportunity to transform household energy use, while ensuring Tasmanians have access to an affordable, reliable and safe supply of energy.