Napthine govt policies ‘shirtfront’ Vic renewable energy sector, costing jobs and investment

A new report released by the Climate Council shows Victoria has gone from a leader to a laggard when it comes to renewable energy. The Climate Council report, The Australian Renewable Energy Race, shows Victoria is lagging behind other Australian states. On … Continue reading Napthine govt policies ‘shirtfront’ Vic renewable energy sector, costing jobs and investment

Y2R welcome Labor’s support for 100% renewable energy towns

Friends of the Earth welcome the Labor party’s commitment of $200,000 to help Newstead become Victoria’s first solar town. The central Victorian town of Newstead has set a 100 per cent Renewable Energy Target by 2017. The $200,000 grant will … Continue reading Y2R welcome Labor’s support for 100% renewable energy towns

Labor’s wind energy commitment a welcome first step to get back on track with renewables

Friends of the Earth welcome the Labor party’s commitment to ‘rip up’ the worst aspects of the Napthine government’s anti-wind farm laws. “Labor’s announcement on wind energy is a welcome first step for getting Victoria back on track with renewable … Continue reading Labor’s wind energy commitment a welcome first step to get back on track with renewables

Election Watch: Can Napthine be trusted on renewable energy?

Friends of the Earth question Premier Denis Napthine’s commitment to renewable energy as the federal RET negotiations stall and the Victorian election nears. Premier Denis Napthine has today entered the Renewable Energy Target debate, expressing disappointment about the breakdown in negotiations and calling … Continue reading Election Watch: Can Napthine be trusted on renewable energy?

Election Watch: Will Labor lead on renewables?

“If not us, who? If not now, when? Today is the day for Victoria to assume its rightful place in leading the nation towards a sustainable energy future.” – The Hon. John Thwaites, second reading of the bill that created the … Continue reading Election Watch: Will Labor lead on renewables?

Macedon community survey finds strong support for renewables, dumping anti-wind farm laws

Friends of the Earth have launched a Macedon Energy Futures Survey on the views voters in the hotly-contested seat of Macedon hold on the government’s anti-wind farm laws just weeks from the November 29 state election. The report was launched at … Continue reading Macedon community survey finds strong support for renewables, dumping anti-wind farm laws

Cracks appear in govt as Vic Liberal politicians question anti-wind policy

Victorian government MP, Andrew Katos, has publicly questioned the Napthine government’s anti-wind farm laws just weeks out from the state election. The move signals growing tension amid Liberal ranks about the controversial policy. The Liberal MP for the marginal seat of South Barwon called for … Continue reading Cracks appear in govt as Vic Liberal politicians question anti-wind policy

Room for renewable energy commitments as Vic election campaign kicks off

Renewable energy is a mainstream issue as the Victorian election campaign officially begins. The writs have been signed and the state is now in caretaker mode. On the first day of the 2014 Victorian election campaign, it’s worth taking a look … Continue reading Room for renewable energy commitments as Vic election campaign kicks off

PollieWatch: Liberal candidate for Macedon flags exemption for community wind farms

Liberal candidate for the hotly-contested seat of Macedon, Donna Petrovich, has shifted her position on wind energy as a result of a community campaign. The move could signal a shift on wind energy policy from the Napthine government. Ms Petrovich has … Continue reading PollieWatch: Liberal candidate for Macedon flags exemption for community wind farms