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From the CEO

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.

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Cooling Communities outcomes

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).

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Power Changer

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.

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Screening: An Inconvenient Sequel

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.

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Staff profile: Philipp Koetting

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.

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How much should you be paying?

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).

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Pathways to Zero Carbon

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’.

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