Energy Policy

PRINCIPLES

1. State and local energy strategies must be based upon the principles of ecological sustainability and social equity.

2. Exclusive and efficient use of renewables represents the only viable route to achieving a sustainable energy industry.

3. Incentives for sustainable transformation of the energy sector need to be accompanied by disincentives for the consumption of fossil fuel.

4. All buildings and appliances need to be energy-efficient and energy conserving.

5. All households need affordable energy to meet essential needs.

6. Environmental costs need to be factored into the price of energy in such a way as to encourage and enable a rapid, equitable and affordable shift towards sustainability.

7. Government has an important and essential role to play in creating a net zero emission energy sector and industries.

AIMS

Targets

1. Binding Victorian greenhouse gas emission targets from the stationary energy sector in line with a consistent reduction to zero or net negative greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible.

2. Phasing out the Victorian use of fossil fuels using a combination of energy efficiency, energy storage, energy conservation and renewable energy.

Supply

3. The maximum use of renewable energy as an energy source.

4. Boosting small scale renewable energy generation, including by introducing a fair feed-in tariff and removing barriers to grid connection.

5. Supporting and assisting the development of markets for alternative sustainable fuels.

6. Supporting the development and deployment of sustainable energy storage technologies.

7. Opposing the burning of wood chips from native forests for power generation.

8. Developing and implementing complementary policy measures in collaboration with other governments where possible.

Demand

9. An emphasis in Victoria on demand reduction through energy conservation and efficiency measures across all sectors.

10. Removing perverse incentives that encourage use of fossil fuels and growth in energy consumption achieved through reform of the national energy market and by other measures.

11. Assisting industrial and commercial energy consumers to reduce consumption, and enforcing existing energy efficiency standards.

12. Supporting companies that assist consumers to conserve energy and to access affordable and reliable renewable energy.

13. Assisting electricity users to reduce summer peak electricity demand.

14. Assisting industry to retrofit low emissions equipment.

15. Implementing measures to ensure that development across Victoria is energy, water and waste efficient.

16. Improving and implementing mandatory energy performance standards for buildings.

17. Mandating compliance with emissions standards and the disclosure of energy performance ratings for buildings prior to construction, refurbishment, sale or lease.

18. Minimum energy and water efficiency standards for rental housing.

19. Working with all stakeholders to achieve demand reductions.

20. Developing, funding and publicising an energy retrofit strategy for existing buildings.

21. Supporting the production of biofuels by farmers for use as tractor fuels.

22. Promoting the sustainable use of electric vehicles.

Transition and Adaptation

23. Providing structural adjustment assistance for rural and regional consumers.

24. Ensuring the provision of effective fuel poverty alleviation measures.

25. The implementation of programs to assist Victorian communities that are dependent on coal and energy-intensive industries to make the transition to other more sustainable sources of economic prosperity.

Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies

26. No public funding for the existing fossil fuel industry.

27. Ending support for the development of gas- and oil-from-coal, and associated Carbon Capture and Storage technologies.

Energy Policy as amended by State Council on 18th August 2018.