Victoria government sets out renewable energy roadmap

AUSTRALIA: Victoria's government has launched a renewable energy roadmap it hopes could create A$200 million ($143 million) of new investment.

AGL Energy's 420MW Macarthur project is the largest wind farm in Victoria, Australia
AGL Energy's 420MW Macarthur project is the largest wind farm in Victoria, Australia

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The state has also set a target of sourcing 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. According to the roadmap, Victoria has 18 wind projects across the state, with a combined capacity of around 2.5GW, that have construction approval and could quickly begin building.

The Australian state's government has also reformed permitting laws to encourage investment in the wind sector. The minimum distance between residential properties and wind projects has been halved to one kilometre. Turbines within the one-kilometre zone requires landowner approval.

It has also pledged to use its electricity purchasing power to promote investment.

State premier Daniel Andrews said: "Renewable energy means jobs. Our plan puts us on course to build more projects and drive growth."

Victoria is moving against the federal government, which recently agreed to cut the national renewable energy target from 41TWh by 2020 to 33TWh.

In May, Victoria's minister for energy, Lily D'Ambrosio, called for a state-controlled subsidy.

The south-eastern state was seeking the removal of a section of legislation to allow the reintroduction of the Victoria renewable energy target (VRET), designed to top up the national RET.

The VRET was removed when the RET was introduced in 2009.

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