A higher renewable energy target is bright policy

23 September 2015

Surf Coast Shire Council has urged the Victorian Government to raise its target for renewable energy generation above 20 per cent of all power by 2020.

Council reiterated the Surf Coast community’s broad support for renewable energy in its submission to the Victorian Renewable Energy roadmap, noting the community-driven renewable energy projects Council was now supporting on the Surf Coast.

The Victorian Government’s target of 20 per cent by 2020, while positive, is below the current South Australian energy generation of 36 per cent from renewables and the ACT’s target, which aims for 90 per cent of energy generation from renewables by 2020.

Council is keen to explore how it can work with the Surf Coast community and Victorian Government to expand renewable energy generation, create local clean energy jobs and reduce local greenhouse gas emissions.

Acting Mayor Cr Eve Fisher said fostering renewable energy generation on the Surf Coast was a vital priority for Council.

“We represent an environmentally conscious community and with that comes the expectation that Council pushes to expand renewable energy locally,” Cr Fisher said.

“Making a difference on these issues starts at home and we see renewable energy generation in the appropriate locations as a significant opportunity for our region.

“There are some really inspiring examples of community-driven renewable energy generation around the world and it would be great to see some of these models taken on across the Surf Coast.

“While it is really pleasing that the Victorian Government has elected to set a separate statewide target for renewable energy generation, we really believe the target should be raised so we can create jobs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce our environmental footprint.”