The Clean Energy Council has congratulated the Victorian Government on successfully introducing its state renewable energy target in Parliament today, a policy which will provide major regional job and economic opportunities.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) legislation will provide major investment opportunities for the state into the next decade.

“The Victorian Government has clearly demonstrated its commitment to unlocking the jobs of the future for residents of the state. The VRET provides a green light for our industry to deliver cheap, clean and reliable energy for all Victorians," Mr Thornton said.

“The easiest way to reduce power prices is through clear policy and more power generation. The VRET delivers on both these fronts and the Victorian Renewable Energy Auction Scheme will kick off in just a few weeks to deliver up to 650 MW of new renewable energy projects.

“The VRET promises to deliver 25 per cent of the state’s power from renewable energy by 2020, rising to 40 per cent by 2025.

“This is the culmination of a massive amount of work by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio and many Ministers, stakeholders and public servants. It is my pleasure to offer my congratulations on this significant achievement.”  

Please contact Clean Energy Council Media Manager Mark Bretherton on 0413 556 981 for more information or to arrange an interview.