A girl and her dad look at the wind generator in the field. Ecology. Future.

We are making sure local communities benefit from the renewable energy transition.

VicGrid's draft Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) Community Benefits Plan is open for consultation.


Rural and regional communities are key to the renewable energy transition. Direct investment will go towards improving energy reliability and affordability for local communities.

  • A REZ Community Energy Fund will be created in each of the state’s renewable energy zones
  • All new renewable energy and transmission projects will contribute to these funds
  • Communities will be able to apply for funding for projects that improve power supply, lower energy bills and create energy jobs
  • This could include community microgrids, network upgrades or bulk purchases of solar panels or heat pumps

Traditional Owners

Benefits will be developed through direct engagement. These will need to deliver economic empowerment and support self-determination.


Will receive $200,000 per kilometre of transmission hosted on their properties. This is on top of existing compensation arrangements.

Significantly impacted neighbours

Guidelines for significantly impacted neighbour benefits will be introduced. These recognise properties that neighbour new transmission can have visual impacts that can't be adequately addressed by screening or vegetation.


VicGrid is visiting communities in May and June to discuss the draft Plan through workshops and drop-in sessions.

Feedback will help shape the final Plan, released later this year. For more information and to participate, visit Victorian Transmission Investment Framework - REZ Community Benefits | Engage Victoria

Page last updated: 21/05/24