Victorian Government draws a line in the sand?
May 14, 2015
The Victorian State government is putting the Victorian Renewable Energy Target back on the agenda. The government media release today states: "The Andrews Labor Government has today called on the Federal Government to remove section 7c from the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 (Cth), which prevents State Governments from having their own schemes similar to the Renewable Energy Target (RET)." This action is what we, along with other renewable energy industry folk, have lobbied for. We know that state governments must lead through 2015 and 2016, to break free of the Federal impasse on the RET, and the fall-out from a massively compromised national target. Action and legislation is needed as quickly as possible so that projects can proceed and the industry can regain its momentum and strength. Waiting for blood to come out of the stone of the climate sceptic Abbot government isn't fun for anyone. Will the Shadow Environment Minister Mark Butler heed this call and take it up with his Federal colleagues? Enhar's Demian Natakhan questioned Mark Butler on this yesterday at the Solar 2015 conference to which he replied that the ALP preference is for a strong national scheme and if States want to do something different, well the impetus should come from State Governments. What great timing - the impetus couldn't be louder and clearer coming in today's Media release from the Andrews Government. Minister for Energy Lily D'Ambrosio said: “The Federal Government must move out of Victoria’s way and change the law. Our state needs a proper renewable energy target, to support the industry and reduce pollution.” We couldn't agree more. The champagne is on ice mind you until the day that Victoria actually launches its own ambitous renewable energy scheme.