Lily D’Ambrosio has pursued an ambitious and multifaceted climate change and renewable energy program while serving as Victoria’s Energy Minister. In an apparent nod to her performance in the portfolio, which was a key point of difference between Labor and the coalition parties she has been reappointed by Premier Daniel Andrews today. The opposition Liberal and National parties suffered a historic loss in last Saturday’s state election.
D’Ambrosio will now serve as the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, with the additional title as Minister for Solar Homes.
The Andrews Labor cabinet was sworn in this afternoon and I am honoured and excited to return to Energy, Environment and Climate Change and the new Solar Homes portfolios. We won’t be wasting a day!
— Lily D'Ambrosio MP (@LilyDAmbrosioMP) November 29, 2018
The renewables sector has responded warmly to D’Ambrosio’s reappointment, with the Clean Energy Council pointing to the states “great clean energy package.”
Great news. Congratulations! We look forward to working with you to deliver your great clean energy policy package. https://t.co/eS4jAgIudB
— Kane Thornton (@kanethornton) November 29, 2018
Alongside Victoria’s $1.2 billion Solar Homes initiative, which includes $40 million for distributed battery storage, D’Ambrosio’s department will be responsible for administrating its VRET – which is set to deliver up to 5,400MW of new, large scale renewable energy capacity by 2025.
D’Ambrosio will also lead the Victorian government’s efforts to ensure a transition for the state’s coal communities, including the Latrobe Valley, as it transitions away from coal-fired generation. As a part of these plans, the new department established to roll out the Solar Homes initiative, Solar Victoria, is set to be located in the town of Morwell.