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Clean Energy Council welcomes project planning reforms for Victorian renewables projects

The Clean Energy Council has welcomed the announcement from the Victorian Government that it has accelerated planning pathways for renewable energy projects.

The changes, under the Development Facilitation Program (DFP), are an encouraging step in supporting the state’s energy transition.

“Uncertainty on planning process timeframes and outcomes has been a leading cause of delay to renewable energy projects in Victoria. We are hopeful that today’s announcement will play a part in resolving this uncertainty,” Clean Energy Council Director of Energy Generation & Storage, Dr Nicholas Aberle, said.

“Our understanding is that renewable energy developers will still need to self-assess whether an environmental effects statement (EES) is required. Currently, projects that require an EES are ineligible for the DFP pathway, which would cover many wind projects. This should be reviewed to

All new renewable energy projects will be designated as significant economic development under the new changes.

If eligible for assessment under DFP, projects will bypass planning panel processes, meaning that the final approval decision will be accelerated after a project has been thoroughly assessed.

“No new wind farms were approved for development in Victoria during 2023, demonstrating the need for a review of planning and assessment processes to achieve greater clarity and certainty for developers.

“In particular, last year’s decision on the Willatook Wind Farm exacerbated confusion about how wind farm proposals would be assessed, creating a chilling effect on the investment environment in Victoria.

“Ensuring consistent, predictable and timely decisions on renewable energy developments is critical to climate action in Victoria and a timely transition of our electricity system, which is now powered by almost 40 per cent renewable energy nationally.

“This isn’t a shortcut on good planning outcomes, or the high standards that renewable energy projects must and should meet, but it is a sensible reform that recognises the vital importance of renewable energy in driving down emissions and replacing ageing and polluting coal-fired power stations.”


For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:

Liam Straughan
Clean Energy Council Media Officer
[email protected]
+61 409 470 683