FoE launches the RET Road Trip

Today, FoE's Yes 2 Renewables campaign will launch its fact-finding RET Review Road Trip at the Hepburn Wind farm—the birthplace of community energy in Australia.

The visit to the Hepburn Wind farm is the first stop of an 11-week road trip to get a real understanding of the impact the Renewable Energy Target has on Victorian communities.

We’re visiting places that have benefitted from renewable energy projects or experienced the impacts of fossil fuel pollution.

The Abbott government initiated a review of the Renewable Energy Target—Australia’s flagship renewable energy policy. It has appointed former Reserve Bank richard_e_warburtonboard member and Caltex chairman, Dick Warburton (AO LVO), to chair the review.

We’ve invited Mr Warburton to join us on our 11-stop fact-finding mission so he can make an informed decision about the Renewable Energy Target.

Dick Warburton has not responded to our invite, yet we remain hopeful he’ll join us at scheduled events over the next few months. After all, strong community engagement is essential to making a decision about a policy as important at the RET.

Where next for our road trip?… Morwell, in the heart of Victoria’s coal and energy producing Latrobe Valley.

TAKE ACTION:

  • Sign our petition calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to respect public opinion and protect the RET from the review panel.
  • Volunteer with Yes 2 Renewables and support our RET Review Road Trip. Contact us here to express interest.
  • Tip us off. Does your community have a story to tell about renewable energy of the impacts of fossil fuels? Would you like to join our RET Review Road Trip? Send tip offs to leigh.ewbank [at] foe.org.au
  • Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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STOP #3 [April 23]: Portland & Hamilton, western VIC

Renewable Energy Target (RET) reviewer Dick Warburton refused our invite to meet Portland's wind workers, so we brought 'Where's Warbo' along!

STOP #2 [April 16]: Morwell, VIC

Photos:

EarthWorker's Dave Kerin tells WIN News he "wants to put Morwell on the map for solar manufacturing" with the Eureka's Future project.

Morwell resident Lorraine Bull tells WIN News the community would "prefer renewable energy"

Check here for a reportback from Leigh Ewbank.

STOP #1 [April 8]: Hepburn Wind


Check here for a report on stop #1 at Hepburn Wind.