Inquiry into Community Energy Projects

Government Response

The Government response to this report was tabled in Parliament on 8 March 2018.

pdfGovernment response(214.20 KB)


Media Releases

pdf19 SEP 2017 More collaboration recommended to power up community energy 463.25 KB

pdf24 MAY 2017 Regional hearings for community energy projects inquiry 477.62 KB

pdf19 MAR 2017 - Renewable Energy Advocate at community energy projects hearing(pdf 558.78 KB)

pdf1 MAR 2017 Latrobe Valley hearing on community energy projects

pdf10 FEB 2017 Hearing on interstate best practice in community energy

pdf30 NOV 2016 Geelong hearing for community energy projects inquiry470.10 KB

pdf16 NOV 2016 Community energy projects inquiry hears from wind energy developers(PDF 469.11 KB)

pdf02 NOV 2016 Key energy players at inquiry hearing(PDF 322.56 KB)

pdf20 OCT 2016 Hearings on community energy projects begin(PDF 323.09 KB)

pdf19 AUG 2016 Powering community energy projects(PDF 380.54 KB)

Terms of Reference

Received from the Legislative Assembly on 23 June 2016:

To the Economic, Education, Jobs and Skills Committee, for consideration and report no later than 1 July 2017*, into supporting the role of communities in the Victorian energy economy and, in undertaking the inquiry, the Committee should

  1. look at the potential role of co-operatives, mutuals, social enterprises and community ownership in the energy sector;
  2. investigate the benefits of community owned energy programs;
  3. investigate the best ways to encourage the uptake of community energy projects;
  4. investigate the ability to expand community energy projects outside of solar and wind power;
  5. review the best practice models of other Australian and international jurisdictions for supporting community ownership options in the energy sector;
  6. investigate the challenges to community energy projects in metropolitan areas; and
  7. investigate ways to support communities to surmount challenges to community owned energy in metropolitan areas.

pdfTerms of reference - Inquiry into community energy projects (PDF 43.41 KB)


* the reporting date was extended to 31 October 2017 by resolution of the Legislative Assembly on 20 June 2017.