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New South Wales

Last year many of you were involved in the Smart Energy Communities campaign leading up to the Federal Election, when the Federal ALP committed $98.7m to the Smart Energy Communities program. We now have a huge opportunity to make sure community power gets the support and funding it needs to really take off in NSW.

The NSW Government will sign off on its plan to tackle climate change within weeks. The Climate Fund Plan will decided how $1.3b is spent. Community energy must get its share of the pie. We’re calling on the NSW Government to commit to funding the Smart Energy Community Program.

Use the form below to make sure the NSW Cabinet delivers for community power.

Last year community energy groups across NSW made submissions to the NSW Climate Fund, sending a clear message about the support communities wanted from government. We want to make sure the Government acts on these submissions and delivers for the communities remaking the energy sector all over NSW.

We’ve already had a significant win this year in Victoria with the creation of three pilot Community Power Hubs in Ballarat, Bendigo and the Latrobe Valley. We can make sure NSW is next but we need your help ASAP.

 

NSW Government Champions for Community Energy

We know there are members of the NSW Cabinet who are enthusiastic supporters of community energy. Now is the time to make sure they take this support to Cabinet. Here’s what a few senior Government MPs have to say on the subject:

 

“We share your passion for community energy… Community energy is really exciting… it shares the benefits of renewables on a local scale… building community support for renewable energy and democratising our energy system”

Rob Stokes MP, Education Minister

“If I can do only one thing – it is to have a genuine peer-to-peer energy scheme operating in this state. I say that because it just makes sense. I mean, duh. This is a way to get the second wave of community interest in PV solar and other renewables happening.”

Adam Marshall MP, Tourism Minister

“I’d like to congratulate the community energy sector on its tremendous development over the past few years, know that you have a friend in the NSW Government”

Ben Franklin MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy

 

Community energy has been building huge momentum in NSW as more and more people recognise that it “just makes sense”. Now it’s time for the NSW Government to take the next step and commit to unlocking the enormous potential of the community power sector.

 

For more information about the Smart Energy Communities Campaign please contact Lachlan Rule on Lachlan@cpagency.org.au.

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