Offshore Wind: “it’s a game changer”

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Marwal Centre, 9 Marwal Avenue, Balwyn Nth, 3104

Victoria has announced big plans for offshore wind, seizing first-mover advantage in Australia, with first generation planned for 2028, 2GW by 2032 rising to 9GW by 2040.

Join us to find out how this exciting new source of clean energy can create resilience in electricity generation, revitalise regional infrastructure, create many thousands of new regional jobs, and make a significant contribution to Victoria’s decarbonisation goals.

As Victoria decarbonises, demand for clean energy will grow by three to six times. Offshore wind allows us to preserve precious agricultural land, and the generation profile is complementary to solar. Offshore wind is a mature technology, currently experiencing very rapid growth globally, and now with a secure legislative foundation, Victoria can look to Australia’s first project Star of the South to kickstart this industry.

Victoria has the best offshore potential in Australia with great wind resources, appropriate shallow coastal zones, existing industrial and transmission infrastructure and suitable ports and workforce.

Join us on June 29th, 7 for 7.30-9pm at the Marwal Centre, 9 Marwal Avenue, Balwyn North to hear more about offshore wind can contribute to both climate action and economic growth in Victoria.

We will be joined by Sarah Altmann, Head of Public Relations for Star of the South, and Pat Simons, Senior Campaigner for Yes2Renewables, Friends of the Earth.

Sarah joined Star of the South in 2019, just as the project kicked off site investigations to explore the potential for offshore wind off the Gippsland coast. She’s proud to be part of the team progressing this exciting project for Australia and is responsible for working with the project team, stakeholders and communities to progress the project’s development in an environmentally, socially, culturally and economically responsible way.

Pat Simons from Friends of the Earth will be covering a broader look at the overall situation and potential for offshore wind in Victoria and Australia as well as overseas. He will also talk about next steps for offshore wind and policies that are needed to create good quality jobs and community engagement in the sector.