Under the Baillieu government, Victoria had some of the world’s worst anti-wind planning laws. Across the state, the government implemented 2km “veto zones” around wind turbines and blanket “no-go zones” for wind farm developments.
Not only did this stunt Victoria’s renewable energy sector, but it also disadvantaged communities. In the Macedon Ranges, a proposal for a community wind farm was sidelined due to falling within a no-go zone.
After a hard slog campaign from the Yes2Renewables team and other supporters, the Daniel Andrews government went to the 2014 state election with a promise to redesign the laws to better enable communities to have the power to choose if they want wind development in their local area.
Yes2Renewables' Leigh Ewbank with Macedon Ranges MP Mary-Anne Thomas & Hepburn Wind staff at Hepburn Wind in 2015.
Whilst the Andrews government’s commitment to change the laws was a positive first step, we need to see this translated into action for community wind projects.
The state government has recently launched the “Community Renewable Energy Projects: PiLoR and planning issues discussion paper”. This discussion paper provides an opportunity to affect change in some of the key areas that are still restricting community projects.
The three main questions posed in this paper are:
- Should community renewable energy projects be defined differently to other types of energy generation projects and what should this definition address?
- Should the Payment in Lieu of Rates (PiLoR) methodology be updated and should there be a second methodology?
- Should planning arrangements for wind farms be changed?
We would like to see these issues addressed so that community projects across Victoria can flourish, and we want you to have your say!
We’re calling on the government to:
- Create a clear set of characteristics that define community renewable energy projects
- Waive the $40,000 rates fee for community energy projects
- Remove the blanket ban zones from wind farm planning laws for all wind projects
The government is currently accepting submissions on the discussion paper. Send one today and show your support for community energy projects across Victoria.
We've provided an email template you can send through straight away. You can alter the text if you wish to make additional comments.
Get in quick, submissions close November 28!