The Andrews Labor Government is working to bring renewable energy back under government control and put power back in the hands of Victorians. To achieve this, they have appointed an Expert Advisory Panel to guide the newly revived State Electricity Commission (SEC).
The goal of the panel is to make sure the SEC provides the best possible clean energy options for Victorians, resulting in lower power prices and a more sustainable future.
The panel, which will be chaired by an experienced energy expert, includes well-known names in the energy and business sectors, as well as Interim SEC CEO Chris Miller. They will work together to ensure that the SEC is delivering the maximum benefits of public energy ownership.
The Labor Government will make an initial investment towards achieving a significant amount of renewable energy by a specific date. The SEC will start market sounding for its first investment soon, engaging with various industry groups, unions, and training providers through a skills and workforce forum.
The SEC is also expected to create a significant number of new jobs in the clean energy sector, including a set number of apprenticeships and traineeships for young Victorians.
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Later in the year, the government will host a Renewable Energy Skills and Workforce Forum, bringing together representatives from clean energy employers, unions, training providers, and others. The aim of the forum is to make sure the workforce and skills are available to support the large number of new roles needed for clean energy assets.
In addition, the SEC will establish a Center of Training Excellence to coordinate and work with a relevant authority to accredit courses in clean energy. Clean energy will also be added to a specific vocational major.
The SEC is a crucial part of Victoria’s efforts to reach their renewable energy and emissions targets, and to create new jobs and contribute to the overall growth of the state.