Posted on 03. Sep, 2012 in Greening Victoria

In a huge blow to Victorian households the Baillieu Government has moved today to cut the solar feed-in-tariff scheme, Shadow Minister for Energy and Consumer Protection Lily D’Ambrosio said today.

Victoria’s new solar feed-in-tariff has been cut by over 60 per cent back to just eight cents per kilowatt hour down from the original 25 cents per kilowatt hour.

Ms D’Ambrosio said that before the last election, Mr Baillieu made a commitment to implement a gross tariff scheme to encourage Victorian households to invest in solar, wind and other lower emission power sources

“As cost of living pressures increase, thousands of Victorian families have installed solar panels as a way to reduce their power bills.

“The Baillieu Government has again shown it just doesn’t care about supporting families who want to lower their energy costs and do their bit for the environment,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

The Victorian Clean Energy Council has outlined the decision by the Baillieu Government to cut the feed-in-tariff scheme will see hundreds of jobs lost in the states renewable energy sector.

Under Labor, Victorian households were offered a premium feed-in-tariff scheme of 60 cents per kilowatt hour making it more affordable for families to install solar panels and reduce electricity costs.

When in Opposition, Minister for Energy Michael O’Brien stated:

“We think there is a lot of interest in a gross feed-in tariff as a way of boosting investment in renewables” (24 November 2010). 

Ms D’Ambrosio said that it was becoming a regular trend of renewable energy industry jobs and investment departing the state under the Baillieu Government.

“The Baillieu Government’s move to cut the feed-in-tariff scheme is a spring offensive in its continued war against Victoria’s renewable energy industry.

“Victorian households have once again lost out on an environmentally friendly way of reducing their electricity bills,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.


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