Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne and Deputy Leader Adam Bandt have joined Greens Candidate for Melbourne Cathy Oke at a retrofitted Green business in Melbourne to announce the Greens’ energy and climate policy for the State By-Election.
The Greens announced policies to expand energy efficiency programs and support for renewable energy including a Community Renewables Fund enabling local communities, organisations and apartment blocks to establish local solar farms. The project would be funded by redirecting up to $50 million in State Government funds allocated to the HRL coal power plant.
“From July 1, our Federal Clean Energy Package, including a price on pollution and the $10 billion fund to support clean and renewable energy, will start to do the heavy lifting on cutting pollution, but state programs will still be crucial,” Senator Christine Milne said.
“Cathy and the Victorian Greens have the vision and integrity to push hard for clean energy.
“You only have to look at the old parties’ policies of expanding Victorian coal exports to see they have nothing to offer when it comes to tackling global warming.”
Greens Deputy Leader, Adam Bandt MP, who recently returned from an energy tour in Germany said, “In Germany, where Greens have been in government and they have actively promoted new renewable technologies over old polluting methods, the uptake has been staggering.
“Last year, more than 20% of power of their electricity came from renewables. The German Federal Environment Agency says that by 2050, 80% per cent of Germany's energy could come from renewables.
“Beyond just the environmental and energy security benefits, this investment in clean technology has resulted in the creation of some 382,000 renewable energy jobs in Germany. We can start to make that happen in Melbourne.”
“We want to re‐power Melbourne with renewable energy and cut energy use,” Cathy Oke said.
“Every home and building in Melbourne has the potential to be a powerhouse. Our Community Renewables Fund would start to make this happen.
“The Community Renewables Fund would enable local community groups, groups of residents and small businesses to get together and establish PV solar farms on vacant roofs and land across the city.
“We would scrap Baillieu’s anti‐wind farm laws that are killing wind energy in this State and treble investment in energy efficiency.”