After years of federal policy uncertainty caused instability in the renewable energy sector, the Daniel Andrews government has committed to renewable energy targets of 25 percent by 2020 and 40 percent by 2025.
Community members across Victoria have welcomed the initiative. Energy minister Lily D’Ambrosio and Premier Daniel Andrews now have an opportunity to bring together industry, government and communities to smash Victoria’s Renewable Energy Targets.
The Victorian Parliament has launched a Parliamentary Inquiry into the benefits of community energy projects and is now taking submissions. Community owned renewable energy (CORE) projects are an important and growing area of the renewable energy sector.
We are calling on the inquiry to endorse the following measures:
- Commit to an ambitious number of community energy projects
- Support community energy projects with a financial mechanism as part of the Victorian Renewable Energy Target
- Re-establish Sustainability Victoria as the community energy support agency in collaboration with developing Community Powerhouses.
We would like to see community energy grow throughout the state with strong policies from the Andrews government and want you to have your say! Yes2Renewables has created an online submissions drive so our supporters can have their say in the inquiry.
We’ve provided an email template you can send through straight away. You can alter the text if you wish to make additional comments.
Let’s send a signal to Daniel Andrews and Matthew Guy that communities support more renewable energy for Victoria and want bipartisan support to see community energy projects grow.
Make sure you get in quick, as submissions close September 29!