There is considerable opportunity for Loddon Mallee to move its energy systems to renewable sources, such as solar, wind and hydro power.
Victoria has committed to a net-zero target by 2050, meaning all energy will be from renewable sources. In 2020, Victoria achieved their Renewable Energy Targets of 25%, with 16% of the renewable energy for the state, generated in Loddon Mallee. If all solar and wind projects in the pipeline go ahead, the 40% renewable energy targets by 2025 could be met by our region alone, and Loddon Mallee would become ‘500% renewable’.
The energy infrastructure, roads, bridges, rail and flood levies all need to be built with resilience in mind. Resilience is the ability of a system to bounce back. So, considering the effects of a changing climate, upsizing the design-limits of new infrastructure will be key to ensuring our communities can continue functioning during extreme events.