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Andrews govt support for climate change solutions deliver jobs and investment to Stawell


Friends of the Earth welcome the announcement of state government support for a $565 million expansion of the Nectar Farms hydroponic business near Stawell. The project will see the construction of the Bulgana wind farm and create 1,300 jobs. 

Friends of the Earth's say the announcement shows that state government support for climate change solutions creates jobs and brings investment to regional communities such as Stawell. 

"The Andrews government's support for the wind-powered hydroponics project will create 1,300 new jobs in the Stawell region and shows investment in climate change solutions bring jobs and investment to regional communities."


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A renewable energy park for Point Henry?

The Point Henry aluminium smelter was located near Geelong and operated for many decades prior to its closure in 2014.  

Since then, both Alcoa (who operated the smelter) and the state government have been considering what to do with the site. It is a sprawling and heavily contaminated industrial site, situated on land of cultural significance, plus conservation areas and other industries.

Friends of the Earth believes that the old smelter site would make an ideal location for a renewable energy park. The smelter used a lot of electricity, which was transmitted by a high voltage connection to the grid, which could be utilised if power was generated on site. A wind and solar energy park could be combined with a range of other uses including eco tourism.

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Bringing the VRET home

Feb_9_rally.jpgFoE launched a campaign calling for a state renewable energy target (VRET) in early 2014. In August 2015, the Andrews government committed to VRETs for 2020 and 2025 in its Renewable Energy Roadmap

We're getting close to a vote on the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) in state parliament. Now is the time to bring it home!

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Supply risks need to be met with Renewables, not fracking says Friends of the Earth

Seaspray_sign.jpegMEDIA RELEASE Friends of the Earth March 9, 2017

An assessment released this morning by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) warns that, without a swift response, Australia could face shortfalls in gas, and potentially in electricity from 2018.

Pro gas interests have seized on this as ‘proof’ that states need to lift moratoriums and open new areas to drilling.

However, this report underscores the need to transition rapidly to renewables, not entrench further gas production.

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Libs ideological attack on affordable renewable energy will lead to power price rises

884wind-turbine11.jpgEnvironment group Friends of the Earth reject Matthew Guy Opposition's threat to cut the Victorian Renewable Energy Target, saying the Liberals ideological attack on affordable renewable energy will lead to power price rises.

“Matthew Guy's ideological opposition to the Victorian Renewable Energy Target is a threat to jobs, investment and affordable renewable energy,” said Pat Simons, Friends of the Earth's renewable energy spokesperson.

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Andrews govt kicks off energy reforms to help communities smash Victoria’s Renewable Energy Targets

hep_wind_farm.jpgThe Andrews government has kicked off energy policy reforms to clear the path for community-owned renewable energy projects, such as wind farms, with the release of a discussion paper on community owned renewables to compliment the current Parliamentary Inquiry into Community Energy.

Environment group Friends of the Earth welcome the discussion paper and say communities, government and business must work together to smash Victoria’s Renewable Energy Targets.

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Advocates welcome Vic Parliament inquiry into community-owned renewable energy

884wind-turbine11.jpgEnvironment group Friends of the Earth and community renewables advocate Embark have welcomed the surprise announcement of a Victorian Parliament inquiry into community-owned renewable energy. 

"The Victorian Parliament's inquiry into community energy is very welcome and will allow all political parties to understand the benefits community-owned renewable energy," said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth's renewable energy spokesperson.

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Renewable energy jobs boom on the horizon as Andrews govt announces Vic Renewable Energy Targets

vret_announcement.jpgARARAT, 15 JUNE 2016: A renewable energy boom is on the horizon for Victoria as the Andrews government today announces state Renewable Energy Targets (VRET). The long-awaited announcement comes after a two-and-a-half year community campaign to grow renewables.

"The Andrews government's announcement of Victorian Renewable Energy Targets is a big win for communities who want a pathway to 100 percent," said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth spokesperson.

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Friends of the Earth call for renewable energy ambition from the Victorian govt as ACT lifts target to 100%

884wind-turbine11.jpgEnvironment group Friends of the Earth have called on the Andrews government to set ambitious Victorian Renewable Energy Targets as the ACT government announces a ramped up target of 100 percent renewable by 2020.

"The ACT has secured its position as a national leader by lifting its Renewable Energy Target to 100 percent,” said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth renewable energy spokesperson.

“Its ambitious policy is creating jobs, attracting investment, and will help the territory tackle climate change."

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Switch your energy retailer and help the planet

ethswitch_FoE2.pngFriends of the Earth has partnered with Ethical Switch for an 8 week fundraising campaign to focus on the impact that a household’s energy choices can make on the environment. The more we make the move to renewable energy, the more pressure is placed on the unconventional gas industry and the cleaner our country becomes.

Ethical Switch presents a comparison of all electricity providers within an area in terms of carbon emissions, renewable energy investment and customer satisfaction. By choosing one of their high rated providers, customers are directly supporting investment in renewable energy in Australia.

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