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Alison Rowe at All-Energy Australia

Alison Rowe, MEFL’s CEO has been invited to speak on the opening Plenary Panel at the
All-Energy Australia 2017 conference this Wednesday.

Alison will be speaking alongside an ensemble of high calibre speakers, in a panel session facilitated by Rachel Watson, Chair of the Clean Energy Council. The panel will discuss “The next market disruption”, looking at the evolving energy landscape, its future players and the  new market realities for the energy sector.

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Good advice in four languages

MEFL has just produced a new energy efficiency booklet with tips on simple, effective ways to save energy whilst caring for your health and comfort.

The booklet has easy actions to reduce your bills, tips for all seasons and a summer and winter checklist.

The booklet is available in Arabic, English, Greek and Italian and can be downloaded from the Moreland Zero Carbon website or picked up from council service centres and libraries across Moreland. MEFL has been working with Moreland City Council to distribute the brochures to their Home and Community Care clients as part of a wider program to support their clients in accessing information on reducing bills whilst keeping safe in summer and winter.

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Otto and Spike go solar

Moreland’s first Environmental Upgrade Agreement (EUA) was signed on 29 August. This has enabled local family-run business Otto and Spike to install a 30kW solar system. The 111 panels spell out the business name on their Brunswick East roof.

How it works

Environmental Upgrade Financing enables local businesses to save money and improve their environmental performance. A finance lender provides a loan for measures to reduce the building’s environmental impact and the building owner pays it back through Council (via their Council rates). Council’s involvement in this process ensures that the loan is highly secure and the lender will provide better terms. The program is managed by Sustainable Melbourne Fund. Moreland Council is one of 14 councils across Victoria currently offering Environmental Upgrade Financing.

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Community energy

MEFL’s Renewables Broker, Manny Pasqualini gave a presentation recently to students in RMIT’s Master of Engineering (Sustainable Energy) course.

Manny’s presentation focused on community energy, defined as “projects where a community group initiates, develops, operates and benefits from a renewable energy resource or energy efficiency initiative”. Manny outlined the various overlapping benefits of community energy; not only do such projects have environmental benefits, but because they are locally initiated and controlled they have strong social, political and economic benefits as well. For example, community energy projects can create local jobs and income. They can also build social capital by enabling  local decision-making, engagement and empowerment.

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Charge stays Positive

Positive Charge has had another successful year, having assisted in the installation of 2,031kW of solar installed on households throughout Victoria and NSW. This reduces CO2 emissions by 56,364 tonnes, which is the equivalent of 1,460,738 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.

Positive Charge also assisted 1,405 householders by offering tailored advice through energy assessments and phone advice, and spoke to more than 2,000 people at events all over Victoria.

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Sustainability in Europe

While MEFL’s CEO Alison Rowe was travelling in Europe recently, she noticed sustainability initiatives in many places:

  • Roadside electric car charging in Paris
  • An electric car share network in Modena
  • Electric bikes for hire in Madrid
  • A powerful sculpture in Venice, apparently holding up an historic building to protect it from rising water. The sculpture symbolises the threat that climate change has on history, but also the power we have to stop it.

Here are Alison’s snapshots (click on images to see a larger version).

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Staff profile – Anna Moltchanski

Anna is the program support officer at Our Energy Future, the NSW arm of Positive Charge. In this role, she works closely with the Rob Kyle, the Program Lead to help local households save energy and money.

Anna came to MEFL from Suez Recycling and Recovery where she worked as a Contaminations Officer, working closely with Penrith Council in delivering an organics contamination management program. Prior to this, she worked as an English teacher in Argentina and as an associate in a financial services company based in Dublin.

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MEFL thrives

This has been a year of massive changes for MEFL. We’ve taken on a raft of new projects, expanded our staff to cope with the increased workload, and transformed our office to fit everyone in! So in late July we took a couple of days out to get the whole team together, review our progress and clarify our vision for the future. The event was called “Thrive”.

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