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March 19, 2018

Case study shows how Indi communities are working towards 100pc renewable energy

Federal Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan has launched the first in a series of case studies in community action. The case study details the renewable energy evolution now underway across the electorate.

Ms McGowan said she was proud to present the case study to the Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, during his visit to Indi on Monday, 19 March.

The case study is at http://www.cathymcgowan.com.au/towards_a_totally_renewable_indi and contains links to key Federal, Victorian and local stakeholders, as well as community energy projects and funding opportunities.

“This case study is evidence of how Indi communities, industry and government together are working hard to create a future of 100 per cent renewable energy that is affordable, reliable and secure. I encourage everyone to get a copy of the case study, either via the website or at my Wangaratta or Wodonga offices,” Ms McGowan said.

Ms McGowan said the case study highlighted changing perceptions across Victoria to climate change, as outlined in a regional report published in November 2017 by Sustainability Victoria.

The report showed 75 per cent of residents from Ovens Murray, who were among more than 3300 Victorians surveyed, were interested in taking part in community energy projects. Other findings from the Ovens Murray report were:

  • 86 per cent of residents support the Victorian renewable energy targets of 25 per cent by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025;
  • 92 per cent of residents would support solar panels in their area;
  • 66 per cent would support wind turbines in their area.

“I want to congratulate the range of stakeholders involved in the renewable and community energy space across Indi,” Ms McGowan said.

“They have come together as the Indi Energy Working Group to share their knowledge and ideas, their success and challenges. I look forward to continuing to work with this group to connect my electorate with the federal Parliament and national energy policy.

“Together we can ensure the work in Indi gains regional and national recognition and community projects play a major role in achieving a clean energy future.”

The case study will this week be distributed to local, state and federal government representatives, as well as all stakeholder members of the Indi Energy Working Group.

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