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Podcast interview with MEFL’s Lucy Best

MEFL’s Community Engagement Lead Lucy Best was interviewed recently about domestic solar power for the Undercover Architect podcast.

It’s such a big topic they needed 2 episodes to cover it all! Lucy knows the topic inside-out and cuts through the jargon to explain the choices and issues clearly.

Both parts are now available.

…or just click the play buttons below to listen now.

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Portal proves its value

Gippsland’s Energy Innovation Co-op (EICo-op) is one of many local community energy groups around Victoria powering ahead with locally-managed sustainable energy projects. EICo-op is running a range of initiatives in South Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley.

The group also collaborated with MEFL and other community groups in the Victorian Community Solar Alliance to create the Community Solar Portal. The value of the Portal has been proven in two of EICo-op’s recent projects, which have used its resources to get up and running.

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MEFL’s international hit videos

Back in 2011 MEFL produced a series of advice videos demonstrating simple home energy-efficiency actions – replacing halogen downlights with LEDs, draught sealing, low-flow shower heads etc. They were made in 8 languages – English, Turkish, Urdu, Arabic, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek and Mandarin. Positive Charge followed up a couple of years later with another series, including videos in Spanish, Cantonese and Macedonian. The videos were well received at the time, but over the years those videos have steadily increased in reach and popularity, with some exceeding all expectations!

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Cities Power Partnership Summit

MEFL’s Head of Development Kate Nicolazzo was a speaker at Cities Power Partnership’s Summit in October. The theme was “Accelerating Local Action” and Kate spoke about the range of projects MEFL is undertaking in partnership with local councils, business, and communities.

Speakers from councils, state government agencies, non-profits and academia discussed and celebrated the good work local councils are doing to fight climate change.

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Alison Rowe to chair ISCA

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) has appointed MEFL’s CEO, Alison Rowe, as Chair of its Board. ISCA is the peak body for sustainable infrastructure in Australia and New Zealand.  It is a member-based, not-for-profit organisation that advances sustainability outcomes in infrastructure.  The principal means by which ISCA advances sustainability is through the IS rating scheme, a third-party assured, performance-based reporting framework for design, construction and operation of assets. ISCA’s members include large construction contractors, consultants, government transport authorities, peak bodies and councils.

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Changes to MEFL Board

There has been quite a bit of change on the MEFL Board recently. As we reported in the last eBulletin, Ian Thomas and Rosemary Bissett retired from the Board after serving some 18 years each.

We are pleased to welcome Nikki Potter as a Director on the MEFL Board. Nikki formally joined Board in September 2018.

We are also pleased to welcome Sarah Paparo as the new Company Secretary (also joining in September).

At our AGM on 23 October we also held an election the position of Community Director. Imogen Jubb was elected as the new Community elected Director. Welcome Imogen!

We sadly farewell Catherine Leslie who has served on the Board as the Community Director for 4 years.  We wish Catherine well and thank her for her dedication and contribution to MEFL.

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Energy Poverty

This is the text of a speech given by MEFL’s CEO Alison Rowe at the ACOSS “Rise to the Challenge” Conference in Sydney on 29-30 October.

The gap between those who have solar and those who don’t is widening.

It raises the concern around the costs for those who are left behind on the grid; do they pay more for electricity?

Energy poverty impacts more and more Australians, with the most vulnerable members being those on low incomes, including pensioners, students, and concession card holders. This increases when you consider renters and large families.

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Climate Emergency conference

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.

Manny’s presentation slides are available for download