Media release

Victorians keen to have their say on community power

Neighbours across Victoria are already in conversation about community power, and the Community Power Agency expects many will provide feedback to the state government on how to best support their projects.

The state government released a discussion paper today on community renewable energy projects, which considers state planning guidelines and regulations.

Community Power Agency Director Nicky Ison said many communities in Victoria were coming up with plans and proposals for making renewable energy part of their everyday life but red tape was getting in the way.

There are 51 community power projects up and running across Australia and more than 80 groups are developing projects that will keep income circulating in their communities and local economy. Almost a third of those are based in Victoria.

Ms Ison said both the Community Power Agency and many individual groups were looking forward to providing feedback to the Victorian government on to best support existing groups, and encourage even more communities to take control of their own power.