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Embarrassing retreat on VEET for Napthine Government

17 October 2014: Environment Victoria today said the successful Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) scheme and 2000 workers in the energy savings sector have had a stay of execution with the Napthine Government failing in its efforts to pass legislation to scrap the scheme in parliament this week. more

Rising energy retailer complaints require action

16 October 2014: The rising rate of utilities disconnections and complaints revealed by the Energy and Water Ombudsman Victoria must prompt government action to address the underlying causes of energy hardship, warns the One Million Homes Alliance. more

Environment Victoria response to Victorian Government’s Morwell mine fire ‘implementation and monitoring plan’

15 Oct 2014: Environment Victoria notes that the Victorian government has released its response to the recommendations from the Hazelwood coal mine fire inquiry. The following quotes can be attributed to Dr Nicholas Aberle, Safe Climate campaign manager at Environment Victoria.

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Victorian heatwave risks exacerbated by dismantling of climate, energy retrofit policies

15 Oct 2014: Environment Victoria today welcomed the Auditor General’s call for a statewide heatwave plan, but warned that effective responses needed to go beyond emergency management.

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Prevention better than cure for coal mine fires

13 October 2014: Environment Victoria has today welcomed Labor’s announcement of specialised training for firefighters to address coal mine fires, but accelerated mine rehabilitation should be a priority. more

Energy statement a brown-wash

13 October 2014: Environment Victoria has described the energy statement released today by Minister for Energy and Resources Russell Northe as deeply disappointing and failing to recognise Victoria's potential to be a renewable energy powerhouse. more

River health threatened by grazing licence renewal says Environment Victoria

8 October 2014: The Napthine Government missed a once in 5 year, golden opportunity to take a massive step forward for river health when it issued renewal notices for 10,000 grazing licences on public land on river banks last week, says Environment Victoria..

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Signs of ALP support for Victorian renewable energy target encouraging

2 October 2014: Environment Victoria has today welcomed comments by ALP candidate for Ripon Daniel McGlone that the Victorian ALP would recommit to a state-based renewable energy target if the Federal renewable energy target scrapped, and called on the ALP and all parties to make a clear commitment to accelerating renewable energy development for the state. more

Napthine government misused funds designed to protect Victoria’s rivers and creeks

18 September 2014: Environment Victoria has today demanded answers from the Napthine Government who have failed to spend a key environmental levy implemented to protect rivers and farm lands on the projects it was designed for.

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Environment Victoria urges Russell Northe to make Victoria “open for business” to renewable energy

17 September 2014: Environment Victoria says it welcomes comments from Victorian Energy Minister Russell Northe, who this morning rejected Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey’s position that wind farms are a blight on the landscape, but says that Minister Northe needs to demonstrate his support for renewable energy with action rather than words. more
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