Moreland Energy Foundation Limited https://www.mefl.com.au MEFL is dedicated to tackling climate change. We work with communities, partners and governments to implement sustainable energy projects. Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:14:51 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://www.mefl.com.au/mefl2016/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-mefl-logo-01-2-32x32.png Moreland Energy Foundation Limited https://www.mefl.com.au 32 32 114584860 Healthy Homes https://www.mefl.com.au/news/healthy-homes/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/healthy-homes/#respond Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:30:40 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=4096 Moreland Energy Foundation (MEFL) is very excited to be the delivery partner for the Victorian Healthy Homes program. The research program, which is funded by Sustainability Victoria, will help low income households where people are living with chronic health problems and focus on improving the warmth of their home during winter. The study’s research partner, ... Read more »

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Moreland Energy Foundation (MEFL) is very excited to be the delivery partner for the Victorian Healthy Homes program.

The research program, which is funded by Sustainability Victoria, will help low income households where people are living with chronic health problems and focus on improving the warmth of their home during winter. The study’s research partner, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) will then measure whether the improved warmth leads to better health and wellbeing outcomes. The program will also measure whether the upgrades help to reduce energy consumption in the homes.

There is a set budget to make changes at each home and the types of upgrades that might take place include draught proofing, new or improved heating plus new or upgraded insulation. The project will cover 800 homes in the western suburbs of Melbourne and 200 in the Goulburn Valley region of northern Victoria.

Alison Rowe, CEO of the Moreland Energy Foundation said, “we are thrilled to be working with Sustainability Victoria on this important project. We’re particularly pleased to be able to work with the most vulnerable households in our community to deliver what we hope will lead to significantly improved health outcomes and reduced energy poverty.”

MEFL will work with delivery partners including Uniting Kildonan to deliver home visits, residential energy assessment scorecards and manage the process of installing the new items.

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More solar for Moreland businesses https://www.mefl.com.au/news/solar-moreland-businesses/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/solar-moreland-businesses/#respond Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:29:41 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=4100 MEFL has been helping businesses across the City of Moreland save money on their energy bills by going solar. Including local business Otto and Spike who installed a 29.8kW system using Environmental Upgrade Financing. This is a new form of finance which enables local businesses to borrow money through Moreland City Council to fund environmental ... Read more »

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MEFL has been helping businesses across the City of Moreland save money on their energy bills by going solar. Including local business Otto and Spike who installed a 29.8kW system using Environmental Upgrade Financing. This is a new form of finance which enables local businesses to borrow money through Moreland City Council to fund environmental upgrades to their buildings. It provides businesses with access to low cost finance and enables them to spread repayments over an agreed period to ensure they are cash flow positive throughout.

MEFL Solar for Business

Otto and Spike were also one of the first Moreland businesses to utilise MEFL’s Solar for Business service. This service helps businesses to navigate the solar market by linking them with three trusted suppliers and helping them understand which deal is the best for them.

Another business who has used this service is Conga Foods, who have just installed Moreland’s biggest solar array on their Newlands factory – at a whopping 458kW! This is estimated to save 700 tonnes carbon emissions every year.

If you’re interested in MEFL’s Solar for Business service call our Positive Charge team or visit the Positive Charge website.

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Positive Charge out and about https://www.mefl.com.au/news/positive-charge-out-and-about/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/positive-charge-out-and-about/#respond Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:27:25 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=4106 The Positive Charge team will be out and about over the next few weeks, delivering information sessions, a movie screening, an author talk and more. See below for details. Thursday 15 Feb. Energy Efficiency, Coburg Library. Come along to learn some simple ways to save. Register here Wednesday 21 Feb. Free Movie Screening: An Inconvenient ... Read more »

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The Positive Charge team will be out and about over the next few weeks, delivering information sessions, a movie screening, an author talk and more. See below for details.

  • Thursday 15 Feb. Energy Efficiency, Coburg Library. Come along to learn some simple ways to save. Register here
  • Wednesday 21 Feb. Free Movie Screening: An Inconvenient Sequel. We’ll be showing Al Gore’s latest film about Climate Change, followed by a panel discussion. Register here

  • Friday 23 Feb. Paul Hawken, 100 Solutions to reverse global warming. CERES, Moreland City Council and MEFL are proud to present Paul Hawken editor of Drawdown and author of Blessed Unrest and The Ecology of Commerce, to talk about his latest book. Register here
  • Sunday 4 March. Sydney Rd Street Party. We will be having a stall at this annual community event. Come along to buy a Moreland Zero Carbon KeepCup and chat to one of our experts about the great programs we are currently running.
  • Monday 19 March. Solar and Batteries – is now the time to buy? Information session, Coburg Library. Register here

Also, MEFL’s Positive Charge team are still delivering free home energy scorecard assessments to vulnerable households, to help with managing energy bills. To see if you are eligible and to sign up visit the Positive Charge website.

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New Chair for MEFL https://www.mefl.com.au/news/new-chair-mefl/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/new-chair-mefl/#respond Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:26:03 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=4113 After eight years as MEFL chair, Monique Conheady will soon be stepping down from the position. Our new chair will be Travis Neal. Travis will join the MEFL Board as Chair Designate in February. We will complete a staged handover, with Travis officially ‘taking over the reins’ as Chair in May. Travis has extensive experience in ... Read more »

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After eight years as MEFL chair, Monique Conheady will soon be stepping down from the position. Our new chair will be Travis Neal.

Travis will join the MEFL Board as Chair Designate in February. We will complete a staged handover, with Travis officially ‘taking over the reins’ as Chair in May.

Travis has extensive experience in the energy and sustainability sectors. He is currently the CFO at Senivon and has previously served as an executive at Pacific Hydro and CFO at Sustainability Victoria. He has a commitment to and passion for MEFL’s work, having previously served on its Board and as a current sub-committee member.

We are excited to welcome Travis on to the Board as Chair Designate and we look forward to working with him in the future.

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Staff profile: Dez Daswani https://www.mefl.com.au/news/staff-profile-dez-daswani/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/staff-profile-dez-daswani/#respond Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:24:58 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=4126 I joined MEFL in January as the Project Coordinator for Healthy Homes. My main responsibility is to coordinate the home energy efficiency upgrades with delivery partners in selected households, within the Western Melbourne and Greater Shepparton regions. I previously worked in the telecommunications sector, coordinating asset replacement projects of HVAC, fire and battery equipment in ... Read more »

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I joined MEFL in January as the Project Coordinator for Healthy Homes. My main responsibility is to coordinate the home energy efficiency upgrades with delivery partners in selected households, within the Western Melbourne and Greater Shepparton regions.

I previously worked in the telecommunications sector, coordinating asset replacement projects of HVAC, fire and battery equipment in Telstra’s network sites. I  also have experience in customer service, data analysis and reporting. I volunteered and took a number of environmental sustainability courses at CERES prior to joining MEFL.

When I’m not working I…  go rock climbing and I have a keen interest in growing food in my backyard.

The best piece of sustainability advice I ever got is… to live a simple and minimalistic life.

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From the CEO https://www.mefl.com.au/news/from-the-ceo-2/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/from-the-ceo-2/#respond Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:29:22 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=3591 As we approach the end of the year, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the amazing achievements in 2017. The list is long! Highlights include: Expanding our organisation to NSW through Our Energy Future. Commencing the EnergySmart program and another soon-to-be launched retrofit program for low-income households.  These programs will see us improve the ... Read more »

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As we approach the end of the year, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the amazing achievements in 2017. The list is long! Highlights include:

  • Expanding our organisation to NSW through Our Energy Future.
  • Commencing the EnergySmart program and another soon-to-be launched retrofit program for low-income households.  These programs will see us improve the comfort and efficiency of 2,500 homes across Victoria.
  • In partnership with Moreland City Council we are updating the Zero Carbon Evolution strategy for 2020 and designing the longer-term strategy for 2040.
  • Moreland saw its first EUA (environmental upgrade agreement) at Otto and Spike.
  • And our first Your Community Energy Project in partnership with Powershop at Milparinka was delivered.

At MEFL we have seen some people move on and many more new faces join us; today’s count is 40 wonderful MEFLers! We have gone through an office renovation (twice). We went to THRIVE and as a team reflected on where we have come from and where we are going as an organisation and team, and who could forget the amazing and at times eye-watering talent we experienced at ‘MEFL Idol’.

We have commenced the development of our new Strategic Plan, which I look forward to sharing with you in the new year.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole MEFL family for their amazing efforts. It’s our people, our partners and all of you, our supporters who make working at MEFL an absolute privilege.

Please enjoy the break, rest and have some fun. We will be back at it on 2 January and ready for  2018, which no doubt will be a cracker.

Stay Safe

Alison

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Cooling Communities outcomes https://www.mefl.com.au/news/cooling-communities-outcomes/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/cooling-communities-outcomes/#respond Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:28:14 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=3634 MEFL launched the findings from our Cooling Communities project last month. This project saw MEFL and Moreland City Council retrofit ten social housing properties in Moreland to improve understanding of the actions required to mitigate impacts of the Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE). The project was funded through DELWP’s Victorian Climate Change Grants 2015. Upgrades ... Read more »

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MEFL launched the findings from our Cooling Communities project last month. This project saw MEFL and Moreland City Council retrofit ten social housing properties in Moreland to improve understanding of the actions required to mitigate impacts of the Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE). The project was funded through DELWP’s Victorian Climate Change Grants 2015.

Upgrades

Upgrade works included improvements to building fabric (insulation, draught proofing and external shading), natural cooling from trees and vegetation, and mechanical upgrades (fans and reverse-cycle air-conditioners).

Results

The study found that prior to the upgrades several of the social housing properties in the study posed real threats to residents’ health and wellbeing during extended hot spells. Whilst no heatwaves were experienced in Melbourne during the study period, in January 2017 heatwave conditions were recorded inside one of the properties. In addition there were several properties in a recently constructed apartment block, where internal temperatures failed to drop below 27 degrees Celsius over a five-day period.

Failure to provide adequate protection from the heat was not limited to the apartments, with residents in single-storey homes also experiencing discomfort. These properties however had more retrofit options than the apartments.

Full report

The report can be downloaded from the Moreland Zero Carbon website

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Power Changer https://www.mefl.com.au/news/power-changer/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/power-changer/#respond Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:27:02 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=3596 Electricity distributor Jemena is piloting a demand management program called Power Changer in Melbourne’s inner and northern suburbs. The program was launched in early December at Alphington Primary School. MEFL is supporting Jemena by recruiting households to take part in this exciting trial. If successful the program will: Reduce the strain on our electricity grid ... Read more »

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Electricity distributor Jemena is piloting a demand management program called Power Changer in Melbourne’s inner and northern suburbs. The program was launched in early December at Alphington Primary School.

MEFL is supporting Jemena by recruiting households to take part in this exciting trial. If successful the program will:

  • Reduce the strain on our electricity grid during peak weather events
  • Save households money on their bills
  • Raise money for local organisations like Fairfield Primary School, Alphington Primary School, Darebin Parklands and more.

SMS tips

Households are being asked to sign up to download the Power Changer app in order to receive SMS notices about peak weather events, such as heatwaves. The notices will include tips on ways to manage their energy usage. They will also be sent general tips and advice to help them reduce their electricity bills over summer.

Pilot locations

The areas covered in the pilot stage of the program are Alphington, Eaglemont, Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe East, Fairfield and Craigieburn. Participating households are expected to save up to $120 on their summer electricity bill, whilst also earning rewards that will be assigned to a local cause. The rewards will then be converted to cash which Jemena will donate to the local causes. In Craigieburn the trial will feature personal rewards, such as vouchers. If successful this program may be rolled out to other households in the Jemena network.

The impact

Shaun Reardon, Jemena’s Customer and Markets Executive General Manager said, “By making small changes to how they use electricity, households can make a big impact on the grid. The pilot program uses innovative technology and smart meter data to set targets and provide feedback to households during peak times, enabling our customers to make informed choices about how and when to shift their consumption.”

Participating households will have their action measured by their smart meter data. The data collected will also be shared with the state government and may inform future energy policy. The Victorian state government is supporting the program.

Jemena Power Changers is one of several demand response programs operating this summer, including Curb Your Power from Powershop.

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Screening: An Inconvenient Sequel https://www.mefl.com.au/news/screening-inconvenient-sequel/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/screening-inconvenient-sequel/#respond Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:25:57 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=3629 As part of the 2018 Sustainable Living Festival, MEFL and Climate Action Moreland will be screening Al Gore’s  An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. In this follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, cameras follow the former US Vice President, as he continues his tireless mission to train activists and influence international climate policy around the world. ... Read more »

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As part of the 2018 Sustainable Living Festival, MEFL and Climate Action Moreland will be screening Al Gore’s  An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

In this follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, cameras follow the former US Vice President, as he continues his tireless mission to train activists and influence international climate policy around the world. This movie is a must-see for the unaware and inspiring viewing for those already striving to see global action on climate change.

Details

Date: Weds 21 February, 7pm

Venue: Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell St Coburg

Tickets are free.

Panel discussion

Doors open from 6.45pm, film starts at 7pm followed by a panel discussion and Q&A chaired by MEFL’s CEO Alison Rowe.

Panel members will include Federal MP for Wills Peter Khalil, Moreland City Councillor Dale Martin, CERES CEO Cinnamon Evans and a representative from Climate Action Moreland.

Bookings

Book online via Eventbrite 

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Staff profile: Philipp Koetting https://www.mefl.com.au/news/staff-profile-philipp-koetting/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/staff-profile-philipp-koetting/#respond Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:24:27 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=3612 Information Analyst Philipp works in the Consulting team at MEFL where he is responsible for the coordination of organisational data and reporting processes. Philipp has recently relocated from Laos and joined MEFL in October, bringing with him experience from across Asia and Europe. Prior to MEFL, he worked for an international consulting firm focusing on ... Read more »

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Information Analyst

Philipp works in the Consulting team at MEFL where he is responsible for the coordination of organisational data and reporting processes.

Philipp has recently relocated from Laos and joined MEFL in October, bringing with him experience from across Asia and Europe. Prior to MEFL, he worked for an international consulting firm focusing on the assessment of green growth potential in developing countries and their transition to low carbon and sustainable economies. Prior, he worked for a non-government organization on a variety of projects which included improved solar energy, biogas, household air pollution, REDD+ measures and pico-hydro systems.

In his various roles, Philipp has used energy modelling tools to define priorities and regulations for energy market analysis and assessment of renewable energy roadmaps. This modelling has provided energy, emissions and cost-benefit accounting calculations, and sensitivity analysis of levelized cost of electricity to assess energy supply and demand, energy security and macroeconomic planning.

In Philipp’s spare time he enjoys camping and cycling. He rides to and from work every day.

Philipp is from a small village in Germany where almost every farmer has a biogas plant.

Philipp is excited to have joined MEFL to continue to contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable future.

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