In September 2020, the Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change announced a market sounding process that will test industry interest and capacity for new renewable energy projects. This market sounding process will include the release of a public consultation paper as well as a series of targeted meetings with industry and community organisations.

The market sounding process is an important step towards supporting investment in new renewable generation to create jobs, support the state’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and contribute to the achievement of Victoria’s renewable energy targets.

Consultation paper

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has released a consultation paper that provides an opportunity for parties to provide input and share perspectives on matters to inform the auction design. These matters include:

  • contracting arrangements
  • dispatchability and energy storage solutions
  • network support services
  • economic development
  • social licence and community engagement

VRET2 market sounding consultation paper accessible version (DOCX, 2.6 MB)

VRET2 market sounding consultation paper PDF version (PDF, 756.5 KB)

Provide a response to the consultation paper

If you, or your organisation, would like to provide a written response to this consultation paper, you can send your response via email to until the consultation end date of midnight Friday 9 October 2020.

Please be advised that DELWP may publish written responses to the consultation paper on this website. If you believe your response (or part of your response) is confidential or commercial-in-confidence, please advise why this is the case when submitting your response. DELWP will appropriately protect confidential information provided by respondents.

If you have any further queries about the market sounding process, please email

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A collection of FAQs is provided below.

VRET2 market sounding faqs accessible version (DOCX, 57.1 KB)

VRET2 market sounding faqs PDF version (PDF, 184.7 KB)

Register your interest in the VRET2 market sounding process

If your business would like to be notified when more information becomes available on the market sounding process and auction process, please enter your contact details on the register your interest page.

Market sounding disclaimer

The market sounding is intended to be an information gathering exercise and is not a part of any formal procurement process.

DELWP has engaged PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to conduct targeted consultation meetings on behalf of the department. Due to time constraints, DELWP has had to limit the number of organisations PwC can meet with as part of the formal market sounding process. Involvement in market sounding meetings will not advantage or disadvantage an entity in any future auction process.

It should also be noted that the source of information, for example, through the consultation meetings or through written responses will have no bearing over the importance given to the information by DELWP.

Page last updated: 23/09/20