Ambitious VRET will make Vic the place to be for renewables

On Monday 16 November, the Yes 2 Renewables team hit the road to the Macedon Ranges region to visit the headquarters of WestWind Energy with Victorian government MP, Mary-Anne Thomas (a longstanding ally of renewables). We wanted to find out what led the firm … Continue reading Ambitious VRET will make Vic the place to be for renewables

Pollie Watch: Premier’s Renewable Energy Plan

PREMIER Daniel Andrews elected the Challicum Hills Wind Farm near Buangor on last week as the location to announce a plan to make Victoria the country’s leading state in renewable energy. Mr Andrews praised Ararat Rural City as the state’s … Continue reading Pollie Watch: Premier’s Renewable Energy Plan

Wind energy in southwest Victoria: A win for jobs, regional economies, and climate change

A new Friends of the Earth analysis finds wind energy has created jobs and delivered investment for south west Victorian communities, while making a strong contribution to cutting Australia’s carbon emissions. Drawing on modeling from Sinclair Knight Merz (now Jacobs),* … Continue reading Wind energy in southwest Victoria: A win for jobs, regional economies, and climate change

Election Watch: Renewable energy a Vic Greens priority

In the last days of the 2014 Victorian election campaign, The Greens are sending a clear signal that renewable energy is a policy priority. Whether it’s the Labor party or Coalition who forms government, renewable energy will be squarely on the agenda. … Continue reading Election Watch: Renewable energy a Vic Greens priority

Renewable energy jobs missing from Napthine govt ‘jobs plan’

Renewable energy is omitted from the Napthine government’s ’21st Century’ jobs plan released today. The Napthine government’s Victorian Jobs in the 21st Century policy has been released a day after the Labor party opposition’s jobs plan identified renewable energy as a growth sector. Renewable … Continue reading Renewable energy jobs missing from Napthine govt ‘jobs plan’

Government policy threatens Victoria’s renewable energy jobs, forum told

Shadow energy minister Lily D'Ambrosio (Labor) addresses the packed Portland Forum.
Shadow energy minister Lily D’Ambrosio (Labor) addresses the packed Portland Forum.

Victoria has got what it takes to grow and maintain a thriving renewable energy jobs sector, but government policy roadblocks are standing in its way, a packed forum of locals heard in Portland on Sunday.

Former Australian Liberal party leader, Dr John Hewson, kicked off the Renewable Energy & Jobs Forum. Dr Hewson said governments need to do much more than we’re doing today to address climate change. “There are enormous opportunities from a sensible response to climate change,” Dr Hewson stated, referring to the jobs that can be created by the growing renewable energy sector.

John Hewson
Former Australian Liberal leader, Dr John Hewson thinks a Victorian Renewable Energy Target is a good idea.

Speakers from Portland-based businesses that employ hundreds of locals told the packed audience that renewable energy is a key pillar of south west Victoria’s regional economy.  Continue reading “Government policy threatens Victoria’s renewable energy jobs, forum told”

Will a Liberal MP resist cuts to renewable energy jobs and investment?

This article was originally posted at the Climate Spectator. View the original post here.  Could last week’s backdown on the Racial Discrimination Act offer a glimpse of what lies in store for the government’s plans to take the ideological axe … Continue reading Will a Liberal MP resist cuts to renewable energy jobs and investment?

Portland Renewable Energy & Jobs Forum announced

Y2R14_Renewable_energy_jobs_forum-01What plans do the major political parties have to secure renewable energy jobs and investment in Victoria?

Now that’s a good question, especially with a state election fast approaching.

To get some answers, Yes 2 Renewables have partnered with our pals the Australian Wind Alliance and Portland community members to present the Renewable Energy & Jobs Forum – 2014RSVP now to secure your seat > http://tiny.cc/PortlandForum

The renewable energy sector has created jobs and generated millions of dollars worth of investment in south west Victoria since 2000. However, uncertainty clouds the sector’s future.

Unreasonably restrictive planning laws, the absence of a state-based renewable energy plan and uncertainty surrounding the national Renewable Energy Target are putting investment and jobs at risk. Just last month, a wave energy project proposed for Portland was cancelled. Continue reading “Portland Renewable Energy & Jobs Forum announced”

Kitchen Table Conversations launched in Geelong, Surf Coast

Yes 2 Renewables and Geelong Sustainability have joined forces to launch a community-run research project in the lead up to the Victorian election on November 29. The groups kicked off a community-run research project in Geelong on Wednesday August 6, hosting the … Continue reading Kitchen Table Conversations launched in Geelong, Surf Coast