Renewable energy initiative wins prestigious award

An initiative to encourage over 900 megawatts of new, renewable energy to be built in Victoria won an award at the Premier’s Sustainability Awards.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s (DELWP) Victorian Renewable Energy Target Reverse Auction won in the government category at last night’s awards.

Award sponsor, Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG), congratulated DELWP for the initiative, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy prices for consumers.

“It is a great example of what government can do to boost sustainability results for us all,” said MWRRG CEO, Jillian Riseley.

“The DELWP team deserve acknowledgement for their valuable work on the Victorian Renewable Energy Target Reverse Auction.”

The auction, part of the Victorian Renewable Energy Targets, was initially expected to deliver at least 650MW of renewable energy but exceeded targets to deliver 928MW of renewable energy – almost 45% more power than anticipated.

The program will ensure that 25% of Victoria’s electricity generation comes from renewable sources by 2020, 40% by 2025 and 50% by 2030.

The Government category celebrates leadership and excellence by all levels of government in delivering outstanding sustainability outcomes through policies or initiatives.

The Premier’s Regional Recognition Award was won by the Finnigan family for their sustainability efforts across their wool farm, Kia Ora Merino. The Premier’s Recognition Award was won by Enable Social Enterprises for their successful e-waste business, Enable IT Recycling, that trains and employs disadvantaged people.

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Last updated: 18/11/2019