While big energy companies continue to fuel the climate crisis, local communities are playing a critical role leading the transition to renewable energy.
But with baseline funding for Community Power Hubs abandoned in Victoria’s recent state budget, that leadership is at risk.
Victoria’s Andrews government has been a leader when it comes to community participation in our energy system. A key centrepiece of this agenda is the Community Power Hubs program that empowers local people to grow renewable energy, promote energy independence and build resilience in communities through their own local organisations. From Bendigo to Ballarat, the Latrobe Valley and Mornington Peninsula, this program is helping communities skill up, create their own solutions and be a part of the transition to renewable energy.
But the 2022 state budget has left these communities out to dry.
With no future baseline funding for Community Power Hubs, these projects are in free fall, leaving our state's energy transition up to big energy companies, rather than community leadership.
Grassroots energy groups across Victoria are dismayed by the Andrews government's decision to abandon the Community Power Hubs Program.
That's why we’re joining forces and calling on the Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio to champion Community Power Hubs to make sure the State Government commits to this essential program. Will you join us and email the Victorian Climate and Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio?
This campaign has been kicked off by Friends of the Earth and the Coalition for Community Energy, which represents grassroots community energy groups around the country.