Communities in Western Victoria are invited to join the conversation on the future of community renewable energy projects in Victoria.
Local residents can join the wider Victorian community, local government and industry to have input on the future of community renewable energy projects in Victoria.
The Andrews Labor Government recently launched the Community Renewable Energy Projects Discussion Paper.
Feedback from residents in Western Victoria will help inform the Government about how best to restart the renewable energy industry for community projects and open the doors for community wind farms.
Many communities are coming up with plans and proposals to make renewable energy part of their everyday life. These bottom-up approaches deliver tangible benefits to local communities and work to reduce Victoria’s overall carbon footprint.
The Andrews Labor Government is leading change towards more sustainable energy generation and use, with a Renewable Energy Target of 25 per cent by 2020, and 40 per cent by 2025. The targets will see an estimated $2.5 billion of investment and an additional 4000 jobs in Victoria’s renewable energy sector.
Victorian Communities play a very important part in reaching these targets.
Consultation is now open for community and stakeholder feedback until the 28th November 2016. http://haveyoursay.delwp.vic.gov.au/community-energy
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP
“I encourage all residents in Western Victoria to have their say on how community-scale renewable energy projects can help our region become more sustainable.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne
“The Government wants to encourage community renewable energy projects, because this is about communities taking ownership of climate change in a very practical way. We’re making sure the planning system supports a healthier and cleaner future for all Victorians.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
“We have set strong renewable energy targets and have an ambition to be carbon neutral by 2050 – local community-led clean energy projects in the right areas will be critical in helping us deliver on those commitments.”