Energy security must be central to renewable targets
Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has called on Victoria’s Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change to allay community concerns about the ability of renewable energy to provide a stable supply of power.
During consideration of the Renewable Energy (Jobs and Investment) Bill in Parliament on Thursday, Ms Sheed asked Minister Lily D’Ambrosio how the proposed legislation would balance clean energy technologies with communities’ power needs.
Ms Sheed said while many in the Shepparton electorate supported renewable energy, there was real concern in the business community about having access to sufficient power when it was needed.
In her reply Ms D’Ambrosio said the Government was committed to growing more affordable renewable energy that would maintain or improve the existing security levels of the electricity grid.
Ms Sheed voted to pass the bill through the Legislative Assembly on Thursday and it will now be considered in the Legislative Council.
Quotes attributable to Ms Sheed (not from Parliament chamber):
“There are businesses in the Shepparton electorate who have seen their electricity bills skyrocket by as much as $300,000 in the past year,” Ms Sheed said.
“Renewable energy is undoubtedly part of the sector’s future, but solar and wind are variable, they’re dependent on whether the sun is shining and the breeze is blowing so as to ensure stability of supply we need to be also looking at technologies such as hydro and biomass, as well as our storage capability more generally.
“I have had discussions with the Minister about energy security and she has assured me that this legislation would allow weighting to be given to a variety of other renewable technologies, including potential hybrid technologies, storage, biomass and hydro.
“She also confirmed these technologies would have access to the Victorian Renewable Energy Target scheme which should offer some welcome certainty for industry.”
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