Victorian Energy Upgrades Program

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A quick adjournment is a good adjournment. My adjournment matter is directed to the Minister for Energy and Resources. The action I seek is for the minister to join me in the Glen Waverley district to meet with some of my constituents who have benefited firsthand from the Victorian energy upgrades program.

The Allan Labor government is leading the charge in Australia’s race to net zero emissions. We have brought forward our net zero target by five years, and by 2035 up to 95 per cent Victoria’s energy will be sourced from renewables. We are not on this journey just because is the right thing to do, though; we are investing in climate action because it presents massive economic opportunities and benefits for our state, including families in my local community. The Allan Labor government is driving down energy bills with our Solar Homes program, providing rebates and interest-free loans to cover the cost of solar panel and battery installation. More than 350,000 Victorians have already benefited, including thousands in the Glen Waverley electorate.

That is in addition to the Victorian energy upgrades program. The program is terrific and hails from the Brumby era, with 2 million Victorian households benefiting from appliance upgrades since the program started. Not only is it reducing reliance on fossil fuels and supercharging our renewables transition, it is driving down family energy bills, which we have seen just this week from the Essential Services Commission.

Our renewables transition, including the Victorian energy upgrades program, is great news for families looking for cost-of-living relief, and I look forward to the minister joining me.

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