THE Victorian Government last week said it is rebuilding Victoria's reputation as the nation's leader for renewable energy, with the unveiling of its Renewable Energy Roadmap.
Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Energy Lily D'Ambrosio at Keppel Prince in Portland to announce the government's plan to attract Victoria's share of renewable energy investment and jobs in Australia by 2020.
The Labor Government also launched an initiative to source renewable energy certificates from new projects in Victoria, bringing forward around $200 million of new investment in renewables.
It is expected that around 1,000 direct and indirect jobs will be created during the construction of the new projects, with most of the new jobs based in regional Victoria.
The Roadmap outlines a set of initiatives aimed at accelerating the development of renewable energy projects in Victoria. It has been developed in partnership with key energy sector stakeholders, including industry, consumer groups and environment groups.
The Roadmap identifies the following four priority areas:
- Establishing a renewable energy target of no less than 20 per cent by 2020;
- Using the Government's electricity purchasing power to support the creation of hundreds of renewable energy jobs;
- Ending unfair discrimination and improving access to the grid for solar customers; and
- Supporting clean energy jobs through the $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund.
Public consultation on the Roadmap will feed into the development of the Victorian Renewable Energy Action Plan, which will set long-term actions to drive renewable energy investment in our state.
More information is available from the Victorian Government's Energy and Earth Resources website at <http://www.energyandresources.vic.gov.au/energy>.