Dear Members of the Victorian Parliament,
The Federal government’s attacks on renewable energy since 2013 saw investment in the sector collapse by 90 percent and over 2,500 people lose their jobs. Melbourne’s leading renewable energy companies cut nearly one in 10 jobs in 2014 alone.
The current policy sclerosis at the Federal level leaves Victorian families and businesses exposed to ever increasing power prices. We are all feeling the pain of increasing power bills and seeing the impacts of climate change.
The Daniel Andrews government has introduced the Renewable Energy Jobs & Investment Bill 2017 to enshrine the Victorian Renewable Energy Target into the parliament. This legislation is a vital stepping-stone towards a renewable energy powered future and tackling climate change. It will create jobs, drive investment, and deliver cheaper power bills for Victorians.
Enshrining Victorian Renewable Energy Targets of 25 percent by 2020 and 40 percent by 2025 in legislation will:
- Create 10,000 jobs in wind and solar across the state, from wind tower manufacturing in Portland to cable making in Tottenham, transformer manufacturing in Glen Waverley and Benalla, and warehousing in Lyndhurst.
- See Victorian households save an estimated $30 on their power bill each year. Small-medium businesses will save $2,500 and big business will save $140,000.
- Victoria's renewable energy rollout will cut electricity sector emissions up to 16 percent, helping the state meet its legislated net-zero emissions target by 2050.
We call on all members of Victorian parliament to vote ‘yes’ to the Renewable Energy Jobs & Investment Bill 2017.