The co-design process for a national community energy policy, run by Helen Haines MP, the Federal Member for Indi, concluded on July 3rd. The co-design received 100 submissions from every state in the country, including local governments, commercial renewable energy developers, think tanks, academics, and 33 from community energy groups.
The submissions (click here for C4CE’s submission) demonstrated widespread support for the community power hub model pioneered in Victoria, a need for greater access to capital to develop projects, and a desire for policy support to develop mid-scale renewable projects and partner with commercial developers on large-scale projects.
Haines has now convened an Expert Panel to formally review the submissions and prepare a national community energy plan. The plan will launch on September 23rd. All parties who made a submission will be invited to a pre-launch briefing and more information will be released soon about the launch.
The submissions can be viewed here: https://www.helenhaines.org/issues/energy.