Simon's role is to act as a voice for the development of renewable energy in the state, listening to both communities and industry and feeding that information back to policy makers and Government and providing independent and informed advice.
"As Advocate my role is to help explain and promote the reforms needed and opportunities presented by the transition to a renewable energy future, as well as to engage with and support communities and industry as they make that transition," Simon says.
"It's also about making sure that renewable energy projects are delivering the outcomes that the Government and the community are seeking from the new Victorian Renewable Energy Target and related renewable energy policies."
Simon took up his role in January 2017 after serving nearly 20 years as a member of the ACT Legislative Assembly, including eight years as Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Environment and Climate Change.
In these roles he led the policy and program development which put the ACT on track for 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020, through policies to support large scale solar, wind and battery storage projects.
Simon jointly won the Banksia Foundation's Gold Award for the ACT Solar Auction program in 2015, and has been recognized by the Clean Energy Council and the Climate Alliance for his work in championing the clean energy transition in Canberra and nationally.
He is also a Patron of the Australian Solar Council and was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of the University of Canberra in recognition of his work on climate change and sustainability in 2016.
His key responsibilities as VREA include assisting in the implementation of the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) scheme, leading efforts to attract further investment in renewable energy and providing independent advice to the Government.
In June 2016, the Victorian Government committed to renewable energy targets of 25 per cent by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025, supported by a competitive reverse auction scheme.
The scheme aims to deliver up to 1500 megawatts (MW) of new renewable energy capacity by 2020 and up to 5400MW by 2025, support capital expenditure of around $9 billion in renewable energy projects and create up to 11,000 construction jobs over the life of the scheme.
For further information contact:
Victorian Renewable Energy Advocate