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RALLY: Ban Onshore Gas + Grow Renewables!, Feb 9

Big energy companies have sought to “open up” Victoria to onshore gas drilling and fracking–putting prime farmland and water resources at risk. Regional communities around the state have said “no” to risky unconventional gas extraction. On the other side of … Continue reading RALLY: Ban Onshore Gas + Grow Renewables!, Feb 9

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Fed attacks on renewable energy underscores need for state leadership

Just a day after the new chief scientist Dr Alan Finkel called for Australia to accelerate the switch from polluting coal to clean renewable energy, it was revealed the Federal government has mounted another attack on renewables. It has allowed … Continue reading Fed attacks on renewable energy underscores need for state leadership

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Crowdfunding solar hot water for Aboriginal Housing Victoria

Families struggling on low incomes and the environment are beginning to benefit from an innovative crowdfunding campaign to install solar hot systems in housing supported by organisations such as the Father Bob Maguire Foundation, Aboriginal Housing Victoria and Common Equity … Continue reading Crowdfunding solar hot water for Aboriginal Housing Victoria

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“If you own a roof, it’s a complete no-brainer” Homeowners go solar while VIC awaits VRET decision

As Victoria finalises it’s policy on a Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET),  homeowners are switching to solar in a sign they want greater ambition from our state government on transitioning to renewable energy. In a recent chat with Y2R’s Leigh … Continue reading “If you own a roof, it’s a complete no-brainer” Homeowners go solar while VIC awaits VRET decision

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Andrews govt’s New Energy Jobs Fund shows it’s preparing to set ambitious Vic Renewable Energy Targets

The Andrews government opened the first tranch of its New Energy Jobs Fund in Blackburn today. The launch comes in the lead up to the release of its Renewable Energy Action Plan that will set Victorian Renewable Energy Targets for 2020 and 2025. Minister … Continue reading Andrews govt’s New Energy Jobs Fund shows it’s preparing to set ambitious Vic Renewable Energy Targets

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Paris Climate Deal: States in poll position while Feds struggle with climate response

The Paris Conference has exceeded expectations by achieving universal agreement to limit global warming to 2C, and striving for a stronger target of 1.5C. The increased ambition on the international stage has implications for policymakers in Australia who must now … Continue reading Paris Climate Deal: States in poll position while Feds struggle with climate response

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Turnbull govt lifts CEFC wind farm ban: Friends of the Earth call for clean energy bank to be retained

At the weekend, Fairfax media revealed the Turnbull government had lifted the controversial wind farm investment ban imposed on the Clean Energy Finance Corporation under Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Friends of the Earth welcomed the decision to lift the wind … Continue reading Turnbull govt lifts CEFC wind farm ban: Friends of the Earth call for clean energy bank to be retained

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Victoria will build its own wind farms with ambitious renewables targets

Late November, Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio visited Ararat to turn the first sod on a new wind farm under construction thanks to the ACT’s ambitious Renewable Energy Targets. The following letter to the editor was published on the Ararat Advertiser: … Continue reading Victoria will build its own wind farms with ambitious renewables targets

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Polling shows strong public support for renewable energy as Andrews govt finalises targets

A national poll commissioned by The Australia Institute shows strong public support for ambitious Renewable Energy Targets as the Andrews government finalises its Renewable Energy Action Plan. The Australia Institute polling finds 72 percent of Australians support the ACT government’s … Continue reading Polling shows strong public support for renewable energy as Andrews govt finalises targets

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Ambitious VRET to create jobs in downtown Melbourne

When thinking of jobs in the renewable energy sector one often thinks of the electricians installing rooftop solar throughout the suburbs; the wind workers fabricating turbine towers in Portland; or the construction jobs that go along with building wind farms in regional Victoria. Yet … Continue reading Ambitious VRET to create jobs in downtown Melbourne