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Ellen Sandell
State MP for Melbourne
25 September 2018

The Greens launch plan to end coal in Victoria

The Victorian Greens have released their plan to upgrade the state’s power network and build $9 billion worth of Government-owned large-scale renewable energy over the next 10 years, ending the need for coal fired power generation by 2030 and protecting us from climate change.

Upgrading the  transmission network will release the handbrake on stalled renewable energy projects that are on hold because of a lack of grid capacity.

While the Greens welcome the state government’s investment in wind and solar, without a plan to get out of coal, climate change will continue to get worse including the drought conditions currently impacting the state.

The Greens plan includes:

  • Upgrading the transmission network to allow a renewables boom across north and west Victoria, as there are2300MW of solar and wind projects in Victoria stalled because of lack of grid capacity.
  • Building $9 billion worth of Government-owned large-scale renewable energy over the next 10 years
  • Significantly increasing the Victorian Renewable Energy Target
  • A timeline to terminate the licenses of all Victoria's brown coal plants by 2030
  • A transition plan for the Latrobe Valley to create new industries and jobs, including making the Latrobe Valley the battery and storage test-bed of the world with an initial immediate investment of $500 million to build big batteries and pumped hydro storage.

Quotes attributable to Ellen Sandell, Greens spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change:

“By fixing the grid and building large-scale publicly-owned renewables, Victoria can source all its power from cheap, limitless, clean energy. We’ll no longer need polluting, unhealthy coal, which makes us sick and causes climate change.”

"Our energy system is controlled by a few big corporations who are driving up prices and holding back the transition to renewable energy. Our plan will bring energy back into public hands, phase out coal by 2030, and build enough renewable energy to meet 100% of Victoria’s energy needs.

“Labor are doing some good things on renewables, but they’re also extending the licenses of our two most polluting coal plants, and expanding the gas industry. They can’t have it both ways. If Daniel Andrews is serious about protecting Victoria from bushfires and drought, he will support the Greens’ plan. This will be a top priority if we’re in balance of power after the November election.”

Find out more: https://greens.org.au/vic/renewablevic

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Ellen Sandell
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25 September 2018
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