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Zero Carbon 2040

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.

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Microgrid pilot

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.

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Staff profile: Vijeta Tulsiyan

I joined MEFL in 2018 as a Data Analyst in the Zero Carbon Strategy and Programs team, assisting on a range of external and internal projects.

My role involves preparing, analysing and reporting data using Python, Tableau and business intelligence tools, ensuring a robust basis for evidence-based business decision making. I also do energy/emissions baseline analysis and contribute to overall business development.

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Energy Justice – we need to look after our neighbours

 

MEFL Media Release, Monday 3 September 2018

The Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd (MEFL), is proud to release our thought leadership paper Energy Justice – we need to look after our neighbours, in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology.

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Energy poverty and inequity has become and will continue to be a big problem in Australia, with far too many households unable to pay their electricity bills and use basic amenities – including heating and cooling their homes. Deaths as a result of heatwaves are at an all-time high and harsh winters are also felt acutely in energy inefficient housing stock, affecting the health and wellbeing of individuals within households.

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Community energy ‘roadshow’

MEFL’s CEO Alison Rowe and Head of Engagement Rachel Maddocks travelled around North-East Victoria in early August to speak alongside good friends Nicky Ison from Community Power Agency, Kate Auty and local community energy groups including Renewable Albury Wodonga, Totally Sustainable Tallangatta, Totally Renewable Beechworth and Sustainable Upper Ovens.

Community Retailer

The Community Energy Forum and roadshow around North-East Victoria for the week was created by Totally Renewable Yackandandah who got everyone together to talk to locals about the proposal to set up a North-East Victoria Community Energy Retailer. Throughout the week Alison and Rachel spoke with 450 locals at community meetings in Wodonga, Wangaratta, Bright, Benalla, Beechworth and Tallangatta.

The North-East has the community energy

Alison and Rachel also helped launch Sustainable Upper Ovens, a new group planning to start up community projects to decrease their waste and energy use in Upper Ovens communities. There is loads of action in the North-East and the region holds the terrific honour of having the highest density of Community Energy Groups anywhere in Australia. We are looking forward to seeing the region develop their Community Energy Retailer model and we will of course continue to support and promote their amazing work.

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Positive Charge achievements

MEFL’s Positive Charge program had a busy and productive year in 2017-18, expanding its operations interstate and helping households and businesses to go solar and install energy efficiency measures. Amongst the highlights for the year:

  • 3.8 megawatts of solar was installed through Positive Charge across the 28 subscribing councils in Victoria and New South Wales.
  • Over 30 businesses across Vic and NSW went through the Solar for Business program, 12 of which installed 720kW of solar
  • Positive Charge is now delivering services to 10 councils in New South Wales as part of the Our Energy Future initiative by the Southern Sydney Region of Councils (SSROC). We have 2 staff members in NSW delivering the community energy service, providing information, advice and supplier pathways for local residents.
  • We’re investigating other energy efficiency products, such as hot water heat pumps and reverse cycle air conditioning to include as part of our offering, with a pilot on the way.