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Funding announced for Australian Energy Foundation

Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd (MEFL) is absolutely thrilled to share that, if elected, a Labor Government will support MEFL to establish the Australian Energy Foundation to work nationally and support the scale-up of community energy across Australia.

The $4.7 million grant to MEFL, announced by the Australian Labor Party yesterday, represents the first year of funding to establish the Australian Energy Foundation, and is a huge step forward to accelerate community energy across Australia. The Foundation will provide the community energy sector with the essential support, tools, services and investment it needs to grow; guide community energy groups to commission and install community energy projects; and administer the investment throughout the lifetime of the projects.

“We look forward to empowering and supporting communities across Australia to scale up community energy projects.” said Alison Rowe, CEO of Moreland Energy Foundation.

Denmark has 5,500 community energy projects, Scotland has over 500 and Germany has 880 energy cooperatives that own 47% of the country’s renewables. “We believe Australia can be the international rock star for renewable energy and we look forward to supporting the ALP’s ambition for Australia.” said Ms Rowe.

Photo above, from left: Kate Nicolazzo, Anthony Stark, Peter Khalil MP, Mark Butler MP, Ged Kearney MP, Alison Rowe

Just announced! A Shorten Labor Government, if elected, will provide the Moreland Energy Foundation with a $4.7 million grant to take their work to the national stage and provide the community energy sector across Australia with the essential support, tools, services and investment it needs to grow. Read more here: https://peterkhalil.com.au/news/press-releases/labor-supports-establishment-of-australian-energy-foundation-with-47-million-grant/

Posted by Peter Khalil on Sunday, 24 February 2019

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Moreland Power

Moreland Power is one of MEFL’s newest initiatives to accelerate the transition to clean energy in the City of Moreland. This pilot program will investigate the feasibility of using community-owned renewable energy to deliver benefits to both local community investors and households struggling to pay their energy bills.

How it works

MEFL will work with Moreland City Council and our partners, to install 250 kilowatts of community-owned solar on Council-owned buildings. Renewable energy generated by these projects will be sold at a low cost to households facing energy hardship in Moreland.

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Power Saving Bonus

The Victorian Government has made saving on your energy bill a lot easier, with the Energy Compare website. Energy Compare allows you to easily find the best energy plan for your needs, and the best part is – they pay you to use it!

The Victorian Government’s $50 Power Saving Bonus payment is available until 30 June 2019. To claim your bonus go to the Energy Compare website and follow the website prompts until you get to the Compare Offers screen, where you will see a button on the right hand side, to submit your Power Saving Bonus. Check our easy-to-use guide on how to use the site if you have any problems. 

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Understanding energy bills

Your energy bill can be a baffling mix of numbers, charts and acronyms. Here’s our practical guide to understanding what it all means.


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Claiming the Power Saving Bonus

A step-by-step guide to using the Victorian Government’s Energy Compare website and claiming your $50 Power Saving Bonus.

Get the best deal on your energy bills – and get paid for doing the comparison!

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Transitions Film Festival

The Transitions Film Festival showcases groundbreaking documentaries about the social and technological innovations, revolutionary ideas and trailblazing change makers that are leading the way to a better world.

Our Power

One of many great films on the program is Our Power, an empowering documentary about the Latrobe Valley community as they bear the brunt of the privatisation of Victoria’s electricity in the 1990s and the devastating Hazelwood Mine Fire of 2014. The film screens on Saturday 2 March at 2:15pm.

Following the screening will be a panel discussion including MEFL’s CEO Alison Rowe.

More info on Transitions Film Festival website. 

Free double pass

We have a double pass to give away to Our Power.

For your chance to win, head to the Transitions Film Festival ‘ticket giveaways’ page and enter the code mourmoreland.

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Guaranteeing energy supply in a changing market

Renew (formerly known as the Alternative Technology Association) presents an evening with Dr Kerry Schott AO, head of the Energy Security Board.

Dr Schott will talk about the ESBs role, resources and responsibilities. Dr Schott was a major architect of the National Energy Guarantee, which reflects the role of the Energy Security Board in creating security in the Energy Market. Her talk will inform debate about the role of Renewable Energy in the National Energy Market.

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