Community renewable energy projects: PiLoR and planning issues discussion paper
The past decade has seen the energy industry, and particularly electricity generation, transformed. As households install solar panels and communities develop renewable energy projects, electricity generation is rapidly becoming localised.
Community renewable energy projects are an important and increasing part of this transformation.
Australia’s first community wind farm Hepburn Wind started operating in June 2011. Communities across Victoria have expressed an interest in developing renewable energy projects, including at Woodend and Mt Alexander.
This discussion paper provides the basis for community consultation about three key issues:
- the definition of community energy projects
- the payment-in-lieu-of-rates (PiLoR) methodology
- planning arrangements for wind farms.
The release date for this discussion paper is 14 September 2016. The closing date for submissions is 28 November 2016.