Centre to focus on future energy systems

By Country News

The Victorian Government is backing a new energy policy centre to help drive reform, and ensure Victoria’s energy system remains reliable, affordable and increasingly sustainable.

Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio launched the Victorian Energy Policy Centre — a collaboration with Victorian University, which will contribute $480000 towards the centre.

The Labor Government will provide $1.75 million to establish the VEPC, which will undertake research into the unique energy policy challenges Australia is facing.

The centre will be independent of government but its research will be one of many inputs into decision-making.

Its focus will be broad, but it will concentrate on consumer protections, market trends and development of the energy industry.

It will look towards building the energy systems of the future, not on propping up the failing policies of the past.

The VEPC will go beyond traditional academic approaches and will actively promote public discussion on energy issues.

Research is already under way and will be ongoing for the next two years.