The Department of Energy, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Port Phillip region appointed AEF to develop a draft Renewable Energy Engagement, Communication, and Action Plan for the Port Phillip region. The Plan aims to enable proactive engagement with the community in supporting the transition to renewable energy.
We began by compiling a list of available renewable energy resources in the region, and of government policies that already apply. We then consulted extensively, both internally with DELWP business units and externally with local government, industry peak bodies, peak regional groups, and communities of interest. The consultation focused on addressing knowledge gaps and identifying opportunities for further engagement by DELWP Port Phillip (from informing to collaboration) on initiatives to increase the uptake of renewables.
Key project achievements included a draft Action Plan for the DELWP Port Phillip regional office, clearly indicating short-term activities and beyond. The draft Plan identifies specific actions to achieve a community-supported transition to renewable energy, with a focus on working with key regional stakeholders and place-based communities. The project also created opportunities to link councils and other stakeholders with DELWP Port Phillip Regional office.