Victoria’s first Renewable Energy Advocate has stepped down, having contributed more than 20 years worth of senior experience in public policy to the development of renewable energy in the state.

As Renewable Energy Advocate, Mr Corbell helped explain and promote the reforms needed and opportunities presented by the transition to a renewable energy future, as well as engage with and support communities and industry in that transition.

Listening to both communities and industry, Mr Corbell was able to feed that information back to policy makers and government, providing independent and informed advice.

Mr Corbell has played an integral role in the implementation of the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) scheme, leading efforts to attract further investment in renewable energy.

This includes working with the renewables industry to ensure that there was adequate capacity to deliver the VRET and the Government’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2050.

The VRET will ensure that 25 per cent of the state’s electricity generation comes from renewable sources by 2020, and 50 per cent by 2030.

VRET is expected to deliver up to $9 billion in new capital expenditure throughout the state, contribute $2.5 billion in direct economic activity and create 11,000 energy sector jobs by 2025.

The Government will seek a new appointee to fulfil the role of Victoria’s Renewable Energy Advocate.

Minister for Energy, Environment, Climate Change and Solar, Lily D’Ambrosio, said, “I want to thank Victoria’s first Renewable Energy Advocate, Simon Corbell, for his all his great work guiding us through the transition to a cleaner, renewable energy future.

“Simon has done a fantastic job travelling across Victoria to help explain and promote the reforms needed and opportunities presented by this government’s bold plan for greener energy.

“Having a dedicated advocate role gives the renewable energy sector the confidence needed to invest in the renewable energy projects and jobs that are crucial to Victoria’s future.”

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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