Our renewable energy plan for regional Australia

The next 50 years could be the brightest ever for regional Australia if we have the ideas and commitment to work hard for it. This century we could be an energy superpower.

Imagine 10,000 locally-owned renewable power stations right across the country, generating power at the best locations in the grid, bringing jobs, income and opportunity to towns small and large.

Community energy is where everyday people develop, build or benefit from an energy project like a solar installation, a wind farm or a large battery. It’s about building more renewables in regional Australia that will create jobs and make us self-sufficient.

But we’ve had no plan to make it happen. We’re now on the road to building one.

Read the discussion paper.

Co-design process generates 99 submissions

On July 3, the community energy co-design process launched in early May closed for submissions, with 99 received from organisations and individuals across the country. The consultation process also included 14 workshops in Indi and across the country.

Submissions came from Wagga, Tamworth, Dubbo, Noosa, Geraldton, Margaret River, Launceston, Adelaide, Geelong, Bendigo, Hobart and Shepparton. And 52 per cent of them came from Indi.

The next step is to build those submissions into a compelling plan to take to the Energy Minister in September. The plan will help unlock the benefits of community energy for every regional Australian.

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Creating a community energy plan for our regions


Jul 1, 2020 – Indi and the country turn out for renewable energy plan

Helen Haines says Indi could become a net exporter of renewable and reliable energy, with lower power bills for every household, thriving new industries and local ownership of large-scale solar farms. These are the prospects identified during an eight-week public consultation to design a blueprint for… Statement

Jun 16, 2020 – Community energy brings democratic, new policy approach

In the nineteenth century, it was regional Australia that led the world in the transition from gas to electricity. When electric lighting first lit up our streets, it happened in towns like Tamworth, in 1888, Penrith, in 1890, and Broken Hill, in 1891. This history is fitting because, in the 21st century, regional Australia is again leading the country… Speech.

Jun 10, 2020 – Corryong strongly encouraged to pursue mini-grid study

Helen Haines says she will work tirelessly to secure funding for a Corryong renewable energy mini-grid after the federal government last week overlooked the bushfire-affected town’s application for an energy feasibility grant. The $50.4 million Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund supports feasibility studies to… Statement.

Jun 5, 2020 – Yackandandah wins grant for 100 per cent renewables

Helen Haines has welcomed a $350,000 grant for a feasibility study of ways Yackandandah can become fully powered by renewable electricity. The Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund federal grant will help the innovative North East community to explore electricity… Statement.

Jun 3, 2020 – Renewables could bring 800 jobs to Indi

Helen Haines says renewable energy could spark an employment boom in Indi, with new research suggesting the sector could deliver 800 new jobs in the electorate across the next five years. In a report for the Clean Energy Council published on June 2, University of Technology Sydney researchers projected that renewables… Statement.

May 8, 2020 – Launching a community energy plan

Independent Federal Member for Indi Helen Haines has launched a plan to ensure regional Australia benefits from a coming boom in renewable energy. Dr Haines today published a paper – co-authored with a group of 15 local energy advocates from across Indi – inviting public consultation… Statement.