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, 14 Feb 2019 04:03:45 +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 Moreland Power https://www.mefl.com.au/news/moreland-power/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/moreland-power/#comments Thu, 14 Feb 2019 04:00:47 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=6818 Moreland Power is one of MEFL’s newest initiatives to accelerate the transition to clean energy in the City of Moreland. This pilot program will investigate the feasibility of using community-owned renewable energy to deliver benefits to both local community investors and households struggling to pay their energy bills. How it works MEFL will work with ... Read more »

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Moreland Power is one of MEFL’s newest initiatives to accelerate the transition to clean energy in the City of Moreland. This pilot program will investigate the feasibility of using community-owned renewable energy to deliver benefits to both local community investors and households struggling to pay their energy bills.

How it works

MEFL will work with Moreland City Council and our partners, to install 250 kilowatts of community-owned solar on Council-owned buildings. Renewable energy generated by these projects will be sold at a low cost to households facing energy hardship in Moreland.

Clean energy for everyone

The Moreland community will be able to invest in community solar and earn a return on a local, ethical investment. Over a third of Moreland residents are renting and these households (along with people living in apartments and those limited by unsuitable rooftops) typically face challenges in installing solar at home. With community solar, everyone can be a part of the renewable energy transition – even those who can’t install solar at home.

Relieving energy poverty

The renewable energy generated by these projects will provide households with relief from energy hardship through access to clean, low cost energy. At MEFL, we have worked extensively with communities across Australia and we know first-hand that for vulnerable communities such as the very young, older people, people with chronic illnesses, the ability to use and pay for energy can be a matter of life or death. Rising electricity and gas prices have led to an increase in energy poverty, particularly for households on a low income. On average, low-income households spend 8% of their income on energy bills, compared with just 2% for high-income households.

The future

Moreland Power aims to develop a model that can be scaled up to benefit many more households with low cost renewable energy and an opportunity for ethical investment.

Be sure to sign up for the MEFL e-Bulletin to receive updates on Moreland Power and hear about your chance to invest in community solar in Moreland.

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Power Saving Bonus https://www.mefl.com.au/news/power-saving-bonus/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/power-saving-bonus/#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2019 03:32:59 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=6807 The Victorian Government has made saving on your energy bill a lot easier, with the Energy Compare website. Energy Compare allows you to easily find the best energy plan for your needs, and the best part is – they pay you to use it! The Victorian Government’s $50 Power Saving Bonus payment is available until ... Read more »

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The Victorian Government has made saving on your energy bill a lot easier, with the Energy Compare website. Energy Compare allows you to easily find the best energy plan for your needs, and the best part is – they pay you to use it!

The Victorian Government’s $50 Power Saving Bonus payment is available until 30 June 2019. To claim your bonus go to the Energy Compare website and follow the website prompts until you get to the Compare Offers screen, where you will see a button on the right hand side, to submit your Power Saving Bonus. Check our easy-to-use guide on how to use the site if you have any problems. 

A better deal

You don’t need to change your provider to claim the bonus but you just might find a better deal, that will save you a lot more than $50 per year on you bills.

Even if you don’t find a better deal you still get $50 for looking. For most people you can get $50 and a better energy deal. Once you know what the best deal is, you can negotiate with your existing company (you might be surprised at how much they’ll give to keep you as a customer), or change to a better one.

Cheque’s in the mail

You need an energy bill handy to fill out a few boxes but you don’t need to provide your banking details, so no worries about them being hacked. You will receive a cheque (for the young people that’s a piece of paper that you can swap for money at the bank) in the mail once the application is processed.

Eligibility

Every Victorian household can submit a claim for the Power Saving Bonus. To confirm your eligibility, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • You must have a residential electricity bill and be the account holder for that bill
  • You must be able to receive your bonus payment via mail at the address of your energy service.

If you don’t have an electricity service, you can still claim the $50 Bonus with a gas bill.

Don’t forget to check back with Victorian Energy Compare regularly (we suggest at least every couple of years), to make sure you’re getting the best deal all year round.

If you don’t know how to compare energy bills, check our simple guide.

Now spend that $50 wisely; with cheap power comes great responsibility!

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Electricity demand response trial https://www.mefl.com.au/news/electricity-demand-response-trial/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/electricity-demand-response-trial/#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2019 01:03:17 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=6847 Want the chance to cut your energy bills this summer and score a free air-conditioning smart device worth $159? From now until 31 March 2019, Zen Ecosystems are running an exciting new demand response product trial in Victoria – and you can be a part of it. What’s the trial about? On extreme summer days, ... Read more »

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Want the chance to cut your energy bills this summer and score a free air-conditioning smart device worth $159? From now until 31 March 2019, Zen Ecosystems are running an exciting new demand response product trial in Victoria – and you can be a part of it.

What’s the trial about?

On extreme summer days, when temperatures climb, more and more Australians with air-conditioning units have them running high. This can increase your electricity usage by up to three times more than usual. This is known as peak demand.

Demand response provides people with the opportunity to take control of their energy use; helping to lower their energy usage and bills, as well as reduce or shift demand on the network at peak times.

Sponsored by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), this trial run by Zen, will see eligible Victorian households and businesses take part in a range of ‘energy saving challenges’ over the Summer 2018/19 period; using an app, air conditioning smart device and electricity meter data, to monitor and reduce their energy use during peak ‘event’ times. Further details about the trial can be found on ARENA’s website.

Please note that MEFL has not undertaken any due diligence of the Zen products and services.  We encourage you to carry out your own due diligence on the trial and Zen products and services, to ensure you are informed and comfortable in participating.

Eligibility

To be eligible you need to:

  • Live in the Jemena Electricity Network (JEN) area (check your electricity distributor on this state government website)
  • Have a split system air-conditioning unit
  • Have a wi-fi connection at home, and
  • Consent to Jemena sharing your energy usage data during ‘live events’ with Zen, up until 31 March 2019 as well as around 2 years of historical data to help establish a baseload usage profile.

Unfortunately, people with life support or sensitive load are not eligible to participate.

More information and how to apply

If interested, please email Yogendra Vashishtha at Jemena to provide you further information on the trial as well as a copy of the consent form for you to sign. A representative from Zen will then be in touch to help get you started.

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Understanding energy bills https://www.mefl.com.au/news/understanding-energy-bills/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/understanding-energy-bills/#comments Tue, 12 Feb 2019 04:01:06 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=6815 Your energy bill can be a baffling mix of numbers, charts and acronyms. Here’s our practical guide to understanding what it all means. How to use the slideshow Click anywhere in the slide to advance to the next slide. If you click the Play arrow, the slides will advance every 10 seconds. For a full-screen ... Read more »

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Your energy bill can be a baffling mix of numbers, charts and acronyms. Here’s our practical guide to understanding what it all means.


How to use the slideshow

  • Click anywhere in the slide to advance to the next slide.
  • If you click the Play arrow, the slides will advance every 10 seconds.
  • For a full-screen version, click the  icon on the toolbar
  • You can go back to a previous slide with the ‘back’ arrow – at the left of the toolbar

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Claiming the Power Saving Bonus https://www.mefl.com.au/news/claiming-the-power-saving-bonus/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/claiming-the-power-saving-bonus/#respond Mon, 11 Feb 2019 05:14:18 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=6769 A step-by-step guide to using the Victorian Government’s Energy Compare website and claiming your $50 Power Saving Bonus. Get the best deal on your energy bills – and get paid for doing the comparison!  How to use the slideshow Click anywhere in the slide to advance to the next slide. If you click the ... Read more »

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A step-by-step guide to using the Victorian Government’s Energy Compare website and claiming your $50 Power Saving Bonus.

Get the best deal on your energy bills – and get paid for doing the comparison!

How to use the slideshow

  • Click anywhere in the slide to advance to the next slide.
  • If you click the Play arrow, the slides will advance every 10 seconds.
  • For a full-screen version, click the  icon on the toolbar
  • You can go back to a previous slide with the ‘back’ arrow – at the left of the toolbar

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Spark! conference video https://www.mefl.com.au/news/spark-conference-video/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/spark-conference-video/#respond Tue, 05 Feb 2019 06:11:23 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=6733 It’s four months since the Spark! conference, and the themes we discussed are still as important as ever. In this video, Spark! participants talk about the key themes of the conference and their ongoing relevance in the transition to an equitable zero carbon society. Read more on our Spark! pages

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It’s four months since the Spark! conference, and the themes we discussed are still as important as ever.

In this video, Spark! participants talk about the key themes of the conference and their ongoing relevance in the transition to an equitable zero carbon society.

Read more on our Spark! pages

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Transitions Film Festival https://www.mefl.com.au/news/transitions-film-festival/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/transitions-film-festival/#respond Tue, 05 Feb 2019 05:37:57 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=6729 The Transitions Film Festival showcases groundbreaking documentaries about the social and technological innovations, revolutionary ideas and trailblazing change makers that are leading the way to a better world. Our Power One of many great films on the program is Our Power, an empowering documentary about the Latrobe Valley community as they bear the brunt of ... Read more »

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The Transitions Film Festival showcases groundbreaking documentaries about the social and technological innovations, revolutionary ideas and trailblazing change makers that are leading the way to a better world.

Our Power

One of many great films on the program is Our Power, an empowering documentary about the Latrobe Valley community as they bear the brunt of the privatisation of Victoria’s electricity in the 1990s and the devastating Hazelwood Mine Fire of 2014. The film screens on Saturday 2 March at 2:15pm.

Following the screening will be a panel discussion including MEFL’s CEO Alison Rowe.

More info on Transitions Film Festival website. 

Free double pass

We have a double pass to give away to Our Power.

For your chance to win, head to the Transitions Film Festival ‘ticket giveaways’ page and enter the code mourmoreland.

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Guaranteeing energy supply in a changing market https://www.mefl.com.au/news/guaranteeing-energy-supply-in-a-changing-market/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/guaranteeing-energy-supply-in-a-changing-market/#respond Mon, 04 Feb 2019 06:11:09 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=6713 Renew (formerly known as the Alternative Technology Association) presents an evening with Dr Kerry Schott AO, head of the Energy Security Board. Dr Schott will talk about the ESBs role, resources and responsibilities. Dr Schott was a major architect of the National Energy Guarantee, which reflects the role of the Energy Security Board in creating ... Read more »

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Renew (formerly known as the Alternative Technology Association) presents an evening with Dr Kerry Schott AO, head of the Energy Security Board.

Dr Schott will talk about the ESBs role, resources and responsibilities. Dr Schott was a major architect of the National Energy Guarantee, which reflects the role of the Energy Security Board in creating security in the Energy Market. Her talk will inform debate about the role of Renewable Energy in the National Energy Market.

In a time where there is a lot of discussion about ‘dispatchable power’, this is a rare opportunity to hear about the future from the CEO of the Energy Security Board, and ask questions.

Details

When: Wednesday 20 February 2018, 6.45 for 7:00pm.

Where:  Copland Theatre, The Spot (Building 110), 198 Berkeley St, Parkville VIC. Click here for a Google map and here for a campus map.

Cost: This is a free event, but a gold coin donation would be appreciated to offset costs.

RSVP: To attend this event you must register via this link.

More info

Download a flyer with more information

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Positions at Enhar https://www.mefl.com.au/news/positions-at-enhar/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/positions-at-enhar/#respond Mon, 04 Feb 2019 04:32:53 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=6707 Our friends and collaborators at Enhar are hiring! They are seeking people for the following positions: Solar Farm Development Consultant Junior Solar PV Electrical Engineer See the job ads on the Enhar website. 

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Our friends and collaborators at Enhar are hiring!

They are seeking people for the following positions:

  • Solar Farm Development Consultant
  • Junior Solar PV Electrical Engineer

See the job ads on the Enhar website. 

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Change the date https://www.mefl.com.au/news/change-the-date/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/change-the-date/#comments Tue, 29 Jan 2019 06:07:06 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=6669 Yesterday (28 January) some of us chose to work, out of respect for diversity and inclusivity. We will take another day off instead.

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Yesterday (28 January) some of us chose to work, out of respect for diversity and inclusivity. We will take another day off instead.

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