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. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:52:07 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://www.mefl.com.au/mefl2016/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-mefl-logo-01-2-45x45.png Moreland Energy Foundation Limited https://www.mefl.com.au 32 32 114584860 Community energy ‘roadshow’ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/community-energy-roadshow/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/community-energy-roadshow/#respond Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:52:07 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=5619 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 ... Read more »

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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 https://www.mefl.com.au/news/positive-charge-achievements/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/positive-charge-achievements/#respond Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:51:02 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=5624 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. ... Read more »

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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.

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MEFL is Thriving! https://www.mefl.com.au/news/mefl-is-thriving/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/mefl-is-thriving/#respond Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:50:16 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=5635 In late July MEFL’s growing team of staff were lucky enough to attend our second THRIVE event at the Yarra Valley Estate. THRIVE provides a chance for staff to connect with each other, as well as gain a greater understanding of MEFL’s work across all the teams. THRIVE 2018 had a focus on MEFL’s updated ... Read more »

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In late July MEFL’s growing team of staff were lucky enough to attend our second THRIVE event at the Yarra Valley Estate.

THRIVE provides a chance for staff to connect with each other, as well as gain a greater understanding of MEFL’s work across all the teams. THRIVE 2018 had a focus on MEFL’s updated strategic plan, in line with our vision of an equitable zero carbon society.

Included in the 2-day program were opportunities to hear from MEFL’s partners and key stakeholders, many of whom travelled long distances to talk with us. We were able to share our visions for a zero carbon future and brainstorm ideas on ways to work together to achieve this. All discussions were held with MEFL’s strategic plan and vision in mind and staff came away inspired and rejuvenated. Stay tuned to learn more about how some new ideas are being implemented.

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Cities Power Partnership Summit https://www.mefl.com.au/news/cities-power-partnership-summit/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/cities-power-partnership-summit/#respond Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:44:11 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=5628 Accelerating Local Climate Action 18-19 October 2018, Kiama NSW Registrations are now open for the inaugural Cities Power Partnership Summit. The CPP is the Climate Council’s free national local climate action support program, which is now Australia’s largest, approaching 100 member councils. To be held in beautiful Kiama on the NSW South Coast, 2 hours south ... Read more »

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Accelerating Local Climate Action

18-19 October 2018, Kiama NSW

Registrations are now open for the inaugural Cities Power Partnership Summit. The CPP is the Climate Council’s free national local climate action support program, which is now Australia’s largest, approaching 100 member councils.

To be held in beautiful Kiama on the NSW South Coast, 2 hours south of Sydney, the summit will inspire and connect local governments and partners working on carbon emission reduction projects, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport and community advocacy.

Topics and speakers

With an exciting local and international speaker line-up, topics covered include setting & achieving carbon reduction targets, project financing, voluntary carbon markets, public EV charging & fleet electrification and media training workshops.

Featuring international keynote Mayor Rex Parris of Lancaster City California, a Republican, who is leading this Northern LA county city to become one of the world’s first Zero Net Energy Cities. Local case studies include the Sunshine Coast & Newcastle City Councils on their solar farm developments and the City of Melbourne led Power Purchase Agreement.

Who should attend?

For council sustainability staff, energy managers, mayors and councillors . The CPP round 3 membership period is currently open. Contact Cities Power partnership via email

 

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Staff profile https://www.mefl.com.au/news/staff-profile-3/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/staff-profile-3/#respond Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:42:20 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=5632 Caroline Armstrong Program Director – Major Projects I have recently joined MEFL as the Program Director – Major Projects. I’m leading the team responsible for the Healthy Homes and the EnergySmart projects. My background is in people and project management in the ‘for impact’ sectors. Healthy Homes, which is funded by Sustainability Victoria, is helping ... Read more »

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Caroline Armstrong

Program Director – Major Projects

I have recently joined MEFL as the Program Director – Major Projects. I’m leading the team responsible for the Healthy Homes and the EnergySmart projects. My background is in people and project management in the ‘for impact’ sectors.

Healthy Homes, which is funded by Sustainability Victoria, is helping low-income households where people are living with chronic health problems focus on improving the warmth of their home during winter.

The EnergySmart Public Housing Research Program is funded by the Department of Health & Human Services, replacing inefficient electric water heaters, electric heaters and delivering tailored thermal upgrades to 1,500 public housing properties.

When I’m not working I am… reading Tracker by Alexis Wright and visiting art galleries such as Tarra Warra Museum of Art near Healesville.

Did you know I… sold my car more than 10 years ago and have used car-sharing services since then.

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Simon Corbell plenary speaker at Spark! https://www.mefl.com.au/news/simon-corbell-plenary-speaker-at-spark/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/simon-corbell-plenary-speaker-at-spark/#respond Thu, 02 Aug 2018 06:26:58 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=5513 Victoria’s Renewable Energy Advocate Simon Corbell has accepted our invitation to be a keynote speaker at the opening plenary session on Day 2 of Spark! Simon brings a wealth of experience and insights to Spark! including his 19 months as Victoria’s first Renewable Energy Advocate. About Simon Corbell Simon Corbell was appointed as the first ... Read more »

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Victoria’s Renewable Energy Advocate Simon Corbell has accepted our invitation to be a keynote speaker at the opening plenary session on Day 2 of Spark!

Simon brings a wealth of experience and insights to Spark! including his 19 months as Victoria’s first Renewable Energy Advocate.

About Simon Corbell

Simon Corbell was appointed as the first Victorian Renewable Energy Advocate in December 2016 to promote the state’s renewable energy sector, provide independent advice to the Victorian Government and assist the state in meeting its renewable energy targets.

Simon was previously Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Environment and Climate Change of the ACT and served in the ACT Legislative Assembly between 1997 -2016.

In these roles he championed policy which put the ACT on track for 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020, through policies to support large scale solar, wind and battery storage projects.

Simon was a joint winner of the Banksia Foundation’s Gold Award for the ACT Solar Auction program in 2015, and has been recognized by the Clean Energy Council and the Climate Alliance for his work in championing the clean energy transition in Canberra and nationally.

He is also a Patron of the Australian Solar Council, an Adjunct Professor of the University of Canberra and an Honorary Associate Professor of the ANU Energy Change Institute.

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John Thwaites joins us at Spark! https://www.mefl.com.au/news/john-thwaites-joins-us-at-spark/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/john-thwaites-joins-us-at-spark/#respond Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:45:48 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=5406 We are delighted to announce that John Thwaites has accepted our invitation to deliver an oration at Spark! 2018, in honour of the late Mike Hill. The oration will close out the first day of the conference. About John Thwaites John Thwaites is a Professorial Fellow, Monash University, and Chair of ClimateWorks Australia and the ... Read more »

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We are delighted to announce that John Thwaites has accepted our invitation to deliver an oration at Spark! 2018, in honour of the late Mike Hill. The oration will close out the first day of the conference.

About John Thwaites

John Thwaites is a Professorial Fellow, Monash University, and Chair of ClimateWorks Australia and the Monash Sustainable Development Institute.

He is a Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (“SDSN”) launched by the Secretary General of the United Nations to provide expert advice and support to the development and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

John is the Chair of Melbourne Water, which manages and protects Melbourne’s water resources. He also chairs the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust and has been Chair of the Australian Building Codes Board, President of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and a director of the Australian Green Building Council.

In 2013, John was named as one of the 100 Global Sustainability Leaders by ABC Carbon Express.

In 2008-2010, John was a special adviser to the Timor-Leste Minister for Infrastructure and helped develop an Infrastructure Plan for Timor-Leste.

John Thwaites was Deputy Premier of Victoria from 1999 until his retirement in 2007. During this period he was Minister for Health, Minister for Planning, Minister for Environment, Minister for Water, Minister for Victorian Communities and Victoria’s first Minister for Climate Change. In these portfolios he was responsible for major reforms in social policy, health, environment and water.

More information about Spark!

Register now

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Energy consumer survey https://www.mefl.com.au/news/energy-consumer-survey/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/energy-consumer-survey/#respond Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:27:45 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=5415 Every year the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) surveys energy consumers to see if small customers are having their needs met. This years’ survey found that higher prices combined with complex and confusing energy offers have driven consumer confidence to new lows. Only one in four consumers now say energy retailers are working in their long-term interests, ... Read more »

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Every year the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) surveys energy consumers to see if small customers are having their needs met.

This years’ survey found that higher prices combined with complex and confusing energy offers have driven consumer confidence to new lows. Only one in four consumers now say energy retailers are working in their long-term interests, down 10 per cent from last year. Satisfaction with value for money in energy is lower than banking, water, broadband and mobile sectors. Trust in the energy sector has dropped from 50 per cent in 2017 to 39 per cent in 2018.

Small business

The survey also found a divide between large and small businesses. Small businesses tend to be less confident about looking for the right information that suits their particular situation, have lower levels of trust in retailers and are less likely to invest in new technology like solar PV and batteries, especially as many occupy rented premises.

Outcomes for consumers

AEMC Chairman John Pierce commented, “The conduct of retailers is making it difficult for all consumers to access the benefits of competition – even though more retailers are operating in the market, and more customers are switching plans and accessing new technology. Competition continues to increase, but retailer inertia and a lack of transparency have emerged as significant barriers preventing consumers gaining the maximum benefits in terms of prices and services.”

See the full survey report online

Our recommendation

We believe there’s a clear winner amongst electricity retailers: Powershop.

Powershop is an ethical energy retailer, who support renewable energy and have been very active in campaigning for government policy to support the uptake of renewable energy.

Powershop offers:

  • 100% carbon offset electricity
  • Competitive rates on GreenPower
  • A favourable feed-in tariff for their solar customers
  • Discounts on pre-purchased energy packages
  • No lock in contracts
  • An app to help you track your electricity usage
  • Recently dropped their energy prices in Victoria – their investments in hydro, solar and wind energy generation have enabled them to buy electricity at a cheaper rate and have passed these savings to their customers

In 2015 Powershop was ranked Australia’s Greenest Electricity Company by Greenpeace.

Make the switch through Positive Charge

For every household or business that switches to Powershop via the Positive Charge website, Powershop will support our work with a financial contribution.

If you want to save money, help the environment and support Positive Charge make the switch today by clicking the button below. It only takes about five minutes and will be easier if you have your bill handy (although this is not essential).

If you do contact Powershop directly then don’t forget to mention Positive Charge so that we can get their support for our work.

Switch to Powershop now

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Staff profile: Alanna Robertson https://www.mefl.com.au/news/staff-profile-alanna-robertson/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/staff-profile-alanna-robertson/#respond Tue, 17 Jul 2018 02:16:55 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=5401 As Executive Assistant, I’m responsible for the smooth running of the office of MEFL’s CEO, and providing high level governance and administrative support to the Board of Directors and the Executive Leadership Team. Before starting at MEFL I was in the hospitality industry for ten years and have worked my way into management roles, most ... Read more »

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As Executive Assistant, I’m responsible for the smooth running of the office of MEFL’s CEO, and providing high level governance and administrative support to the Board of Directors and the Executive Leadership Team.

Before starting at MEFL I was in the hospitality industry for ten years and have worked my way into management roles, most recently as Assistant Venue Manager of Howler (across from the Brunswick Baths). You can still see me rock starring out there on some weekends.

I am a recent graduate of the Master of Environment at the University of Melbourne. The core of my degree focused on understanding the key concepts of environmental sustainability, global environmental challenges and the process of policy design and evaluation. I have a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Geography and Social Theory up my sleeve too!

Apart from work and study, I am a big fan of yoga and swimming at the Brunswick Baths, cycling around Brunswick and walking my dog Ichigo. I am a huge live music and beer fan and can often be found down at the local watering hole. I also enjoy photography using film cameras that I find at second-hand stores.

The thing I love most about Moreland is…

Green options are everywhere, easy to find and affordable. You can shop at many bulk food stores, wholefood fruit and veg, vegan and sustainability-focused eateries. It is so fantastic to be able to avoid plastic, reduce food miles and to support good green industries without having to search too far. I also enjoy the variety of live music venues and café street culture Moreland has to offer. The bike path and cycling parks are also rad!

The craziest thing I’ve ever done in the name of sustainability is…

I have picked way too many things out of bins that are still good! Can I sign off as ‘Bin Rat’?

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Spark! Conference – be an early bird https://www.mefl.com.au/news/spark-conference-be-an-early-bird/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/spark-conference-be-an-early-bird/#respond Tue, 26 Jun 2018 07:17:18 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=5182 Registrations at early bird prices are now open for Spark! The program is being developed and we have some fantastic conference streams planned. Streams will include discussions on policy and advocacy, overcoming the barriers to solar, tackling energy policy, community energy,  local leadership and the future state of the grid. We’ll be sharing more information soon, so ... Read more »

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Registrations at early bird prices are now open for Spark!

The program is being developed and we have some fantastic conference streams planned. Streams will include discussions on policy and advocacy, overcoming the barriers to solar, tackling energy policy, community energy,  local leadership and the future state of the grid. We’ll be sharing more information soon, so keep watching the website, our eBulletin and Facebook.

Early Bird pricing has been extended until Wednesday 15 August.

Read more about the conference and stay in touch for updates.

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