How much should you be paying for electricity? It’s a question we get asked a bit and the answer isn’t as complicated as you might think. At the time of writing (and some things do change quickly) a good deal is around 90 cents for supply and under 20 cents for usage. We’ll explain supply and usage a bit later. This is a straight price, not a ‘pay-on-time’ discounted price. We have seen this price up to $1.40 for supply and up to 47 cents for usage (often with a small discount applied).
MEFL is working with Moreland City Council on achieving its goal of zero carbon emissions in the municipality by 2040. Achieving such an ambitious target requires collaborative action across many sectors, including all levels of government, transport, waste and stationary energy. On 17 November we gathered over 60 representatives across these sectors for an intensive 3-hour workshop titled ‘Pathways to Zero Carbon’.
We have had a lot of interest lately in a report MEFL did for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) on microgrids. A microgrid is a small local network that allows its members to share electricity generation and storage. The report is titled Here Comes the Sun.
We regularly receive enquiries from those living in heritage overlay areas asking how they can go solar. In Moreland you need to apply for a planning permit for solar if you live in a heritage precinct and the panels will be visible from the street or a park. Permit applications are usually processed within 10 working days, and cost under $200.
Since officially launching the program on 21 June, Our Energy Future has helped over a thousand local Sydney residents source an obligation-free quote from a carefully selected solar supplier. So far, over 200 kilowatts of solar capacity has been ordered, moving us closer to Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Council’s 30% renewable energy target.
On Tuesday 24 October we gathered at St Ambrose Community Centre in Brunswick for our Annual General Meeting. Members, friends, Board and staff members mingled in the courtyard and enjoyed tacos from the Taco Truck and a drink to celebrate our achievements over the last year.
MEFL’s Chair Monique Conheady and CEO Alison Rowe reported on MEFL’s achievements in 2016-17, the big changes we’ve been through in that time and how what we’re doing fits in with broader changes in the energy ‘landscape’.
The Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard is a unique program that provides an energy star rating for your home. In the same way as a fridge or washing machine has a star rating, a Scorecard rating shows how much energy is used by different parts of your home. The star rating provides an easy-to-understand snapshot of how your home copes with Victoria’s hot and cold weather. This allows you to compare your home’s energy use with similar homes and quickly see how to save money on your bills.
From April 2018 there will be a major expansion in the availability of Scorecard assessments. Currently, Scorecard assessments are offered through not-for-profit organisations and local councils. From April next year, commercial businesses will also be able to offer Scorecard assessments.
To prepare for this roll-out, the Department of Environment Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) are encouraging household sustainability assessors across the state to apply for Scorecard accreditation.
The Victorian Parliament recently published the results of its inquiry into community energy.
The inquiry committee looked at the benefits of community energy projects and the challenges they face. Challenges in metropolitan areas were a particular focus, as the committee noted that most projects are in regional areas.
Among the committee’s findings were:
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.
Our Energy Future (Positive Charge’s NSW program) is proud to announce its first solar family. Just last week, the Our Energy Future team met with the first family to install solar panels through the program; the Pattersons from Newtown.