Over the past year MEFL’s Zero Carbon Evolution and Positive Charge teams have been working with CERES to upgrade their EcoHouse to become an all-electric, zero emissions home. Previously the house used gas for cooking and hot water heating. As gas is a fossil fuel this needed to be replaced if CERES are to meet their goal of zero emissions by 2025.
MEFL’s Manny Pasqualini gave a very well-received presentation at Darebin City Council’s Climate Emergency Conference in September. Manny spoke about the burgeoning community energy sector in Victoria. He described the various factors that are driving the expansion of the sector; political, environmental, economic, technological and social.
Trends and innovations
Manny’s presentation covered some of the major trends and innovations in community energy, including community electricity retailers, medium-scale solar projects, microgrids and regional alliances. He also featured the work that MEFL has done in partnership with the Victorian Community Solar Alliance to support community solar groups by creating the Community Solar Toolkit.
Law firm Corrs is publishing a series of online interviews titled Securing our Energy Future. For the second in the series, Corrs interviewed MEFL’s CEO Alison Rowe.
The interview covered a wide range of topics related to MEFL’s vision of an equitable zero carbon society. They discussed how communities can make the energy transition despite a fragmented approach at Federal and State level, how policies translate to action ‘on the ground’, investment in renewables, MEFL’s own efforts to ‘walk the talk’ and be a sustainable organisation, and Australia’s opportunity to be a world leader.
The full interview is available on the Corrs website.
MEFL will remain ever thankful to Ian Thomas and Rosemary Bissett for their service to the MEFL Board.
Rosemary served as a Director and Ian as the Company Secretary. They have both been on the Board since the inception of MEFL, totalling 36 years of service and dedication to MEFL. Rosemary and Ian attended their last Board meeting in September. We will miss their wisdom, humour, guidance and support.
In recognition of their contribution to MEFL, they were both awarded Life Membership, so we hope to see them at the AGM soon.
In my new role I will be managing the Zero Carbon Evolution team – delivering on Moreland City Council’s ambition for the Moreland community to reach zero net carbon emissions. This will involve delivering energy efficiency upgrades and solar installations on homes, businesses and community buildings throughout Moreland, as well as liaising and working closely with Council staff.
Why it’s important to transition to an all-electric home – and the key steps to take
This speech was delivered by Tim Forcey at the launch of the CERES Eco-house on 9 October 2018. Tim has 35 years of industrial experience (electricity, oil and gas, petrochemicals) with focus on energy production, transmission and consumption.
Thanks to Minister D’Ambrosio for Victoria’s leadership, as demonstrated by a long list of exciting things going on in our state.
At its meeting on 12 September, Moreland City Council adopted the Zero Carbon Evolution (ZCE) Refresh to 2020 and the 2040 Framework, as well as declaring a climate emergency. The Refresh is a comprehensive update of Council’s ZCE 2020 Strategy and the 2040 Framework extends the vision for a further 20 years. These strategies were developed by MEFL for the Council and will ensure that Moreland is at the leading edge of local action on climate change.
MEFL is a partner in Ovida’s Community Energy Hub project, which received a $980,000 grant from the Labor Government’s Microgrid Demonstration Initiative earlier this month.
The $2 million project will install shared solar PV and battery systems in three buildings in Melbourne to help cut energy costs for tenants. The initiative will benefit approximately 650 customers, generate 5000 kWh of solar energy and support 11,000 kWh of energy storage.
The 2018 MEFL Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 23 October.
Please join us for drinks and nibbles at 6.30pm.
The AGM will commence at 7:00pm and will include the election of a Community Member Director to the MEFL Board.
The AGM will be followed by a presentation introducing the new MEFL Strategic Plan.