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The long road to VRET: FoE’s campaign for a Vic Renewable Energy Target

After a community campaign that lasted two-and-a-half years, the Andrews government has committed to Victorian Renewable Energy Targets of 25 percent by 2020 and 40 percent by 2025. In the year 2050, I’ll be 65 years old. Amazingly the wind … Continue reading The long road to VRET: FoE’s campaign for a Vic Renewable Energy Target

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COAG energy council meeting a missed opportunity to grow renewables: Vic holding firm on gas pressure

National environment group Friends of the Earth says the highly-anticipated meeting of the COAG Energy Council has missed an opportunity to deliver a plan for rolling out renewable energy. This afternoon’s statement comes after over 100 community members gathered in … Continue reading COAG energy council meeting a missed opportunity to grow renewables: Vic holding firm on gas pressure

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Community members push back against fossil fuel scare campaign: Call for COAG to stand up for renewables

Community members have gathered at the National Convention Centre this morning, the location of a highly anticipated COAG Energy Council meeting, to call on state and federal ministers to stand up to fossil fuel bullies and grow renewables. “Communities are … Continue reading Community members push back against fossil fuel scare campaign: Call for COAG to stand up for renewables

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Polling: Strong community support for interim emissions reduction target as Vic govt prepares climate response

Polling released today by Friends of the Earth shows there is strong support in the Victorian community for an ‘urgent’ transition away from coal to 100 percent renewable energy. The polling shows a large majority, 70 percent of respondents, believe … Continue reading Polling: Strong community support for interim emissions reduction target as Vic govt prepares climate response

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VRET Auctions open for consultation: Best practise will prioritise jobs & community energy

The Andrews government has taken the first step towards it’s ambitious VRET plan, with state Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio opening the consultation process for Victoria’s Renewable Energy Auctions last Friday. Yes 2 Renewables spearheaded the Friends of the Earth campaign … Continue reading VRET Auctions open for consultation: Best practise will prioritise jobs & community energy

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Melbourne bands rally to support renewables campaign w/ Old Bar fundraiser

Friends of the Earth’s community campaign, Yes 2 Renewables, have been rocking since 2010. And you’re invited to rock with us too at our Rock 4 Renewables fundraiser at The Old Bar on Sunday 14 August. Over the years we’ve been a champion … Continue reading Melbourne bands rally to support renewables campaign w/ Old Bar fundraiser

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Research finds unreliable, expensive gas cause of SA price spikes: Solar-thermal solution needed

New research from the Climate Council has identified expensive and unreliable gas power as the key cause of recent electricity price spikes in South Australia. The Climate Council recommends large-scale and distributed energy storage to protect South Australian households from … Continue reading Research finds unreliable, expensive gas cause of SA price spikes: Solar-thermal solution needed

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Can Minister Frydenberg hit the reset button on national renewable energy policy?

New Minister for Energy & Environment Josh Frydenberg has hit the ground running after years of poor policy choices by the Coalition. Yet Minister Frydenberg has his work cut out for him to regain the trust of the community and confidence … Continue reading Can Minister Frydenberg hit the reset button on national renewable energy policy?