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’

Napthine govt MIA as Andrews opposition identify renewable energy as key growth sector 

The Napthine government is “missing in action” as the Victorian Labor opposition identifies renewable energy as a key growth sector for the state. Labor’s Back to Work policy released today commits the party to “Establish a $200 million Future Industries Fund to drive the six high-growth … Continue reading Napthine govt MIA as Andrews opposition identify renewable energy as key growth sector 

Candidates Forum: Vic Greens continue push for renewables

In the second round of environment forums, two Victorian Greens candidates took the hot seat to discuss their policies to rollout renewables and tackle global warming. Victorian Greens party leader Greg Barber was accompanied by the candidate for the seat of … Continue reading Candidates Forum: Vic Greens continue push for renewables

Ride 4 Renewables: Macedon

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Macedon Ranges will have a chance to Ride 4 Renewables and visit the site of what could be Victoria’s next community wind farm. Yes 2 Renewables are pleased to join Woodend Cycles in supporting the community event.

The Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group is hosting the family-friendly Ride 4 Renewables to raise awareness of the barriers to renewable energy in the region.

In 2011, the Baillieu government imposed an arbitrary blanket ban on wind farm in the region. The ban killed off the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group’s proposed community wind farm near Woodend. Macedon locals were set to follow in the footsteps of the successful Hepburn Wind Farm operating just 40 kilometres away in Leonard’s Hill. Continue reading “Ride 4 Renewables: Macedon”

Baillieu retirement allows Premier Napthine to dump unpopular anti-wind farm laws

Ted Baillieu
Former Premier Ted Baillieu, the architect of Victoria’s anti-wind farm laws.

News of former Premier Ted Baillieu’s retirement opens up space for Premier Napthine to dump the unpopular anti-wind farm laws.

“Ted Baillieu was the architect of Victoria’s anti-wind farm laws which cost the state 466 jobs and $864 million of investment,” Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth renewables spokesperson.

“It’s time for the government to show political leadership and dump Baillieu’s anti-wind laws. Such a move would be welcomed by wind energy workers and companies in Premier Napthine’s own electorate.”

The anti-wind farm planning laws introduced by Premier Baillieu include an unprecedented 2km right of veto for householders to block projects, as well as blanket bans in the windiest parts of the state.

A Friends of the Earth research report published in April found the anti-wind laws have cost the state:  Continue reading “Baillieu retirement allows Premier Napthine to dump unpopular anti-wind farm laws”

Macedon resident rejects Liberal candidate’s wind farm/bushfire fear mongering

IMG_3516The Coaltion’s anti-wind farm laws have been front page news in the hotly contested seat of Macedon.

In June, Yes 2 Renewables and the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group issued an open letter calling on 2014 election candidates to reveal their position on planning laws that ban community wind farms in the seat, and whether they’d support a renewable energy target for Victoria. (Find out what the candidates had to say in the issues here).

In the Macedon Free Press coverage of the candidates’ positions, Liberal Donna Petrovich asserted that wind energy is a bushfire risk. Continue reading “Macedon resident rejects Liberal candidate’s wind farm/bushfire fear mongering”

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