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Our Energy Future launch

Residents of ten council regions in southern Sydney are now set to receive free energy help and advice from the Positive Charge experts. The Sydney program, known as Our Energy Future, is a collaboration between Positive Charge and SSROC (Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils).

Launch

Our Energy Future was launched in Sydney last month and was a great success – there was a buzz of excitement in the air about the new program. The evening was hosted by the fantastic Ben Peacock, founder of The Republic of Everyone and there were great speeches from MEFL’s own Alison Rowe, SSROCs General Manager Namoi Dougall and the ever-inspiring Professor Lesley Hughes from the Climate Council.

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Sustainable Moreland Community Ideas Exchange

There are lots of active community groups in the City of Moreland, and they have lots of good ideas to share around. That’s what we found out when Moreland Zero Carbon Evolution held its annual Community Ideas Exchange in early July.

The Exchange was attended by representatives from 20 local groups, covering issues from cycling to food gardens, urban forests, community solar, recycling, local microgrids, climate change activism, social justice and childcare. A full list of the groups represented is below.

Discussion centred on 5 main topics that were identified as priorities:

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Staff profile – Sarah Marcius

EnergySmart Coordinator

I am coordinating the newly developed EnergySmart research project at MEFL, on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services. The project researches ways to reduce energy bills and improve tenant comfort by installing energy efficient appliances and completing building upgrades in Victoria Public Housing facilities. The project involves upgrading 1,500 low rise public housing facilities by making one of three changes:

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EnergySmart Research Program

Moreland Energy Foundation is proud to be working with the Department of Health & Human Services on the EnergySmart Public Housing Research Program.

The program will replace inefficient electric water heaters, electric heaters and deliver tailored thermal upgrades to 1,500 public housing properties from July 2017. There is a significant focus on delivering these upgrades to regional Victoria.

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MEFL’s CEO on Radio National

Our CEO Alison Rowe appeared on Radio National’s Sunday Extra last weekend. Along with two other guests, Alison spoke about the Finkel Review of the National Energy Market.

Topics

The conversation covered many aspects of the Finkel Review, including:

  • What the Review was actually set up to do
  • The three critical elements that need to be balanced: security and reliability of the grid, lower emissions and rewarding customers.
  • Ensuring an orderly and fair transition to sustainable energy
  • The role of gas in the energy mix
  • Supporting low-income households

The conversation also ranged over the recommended Clean Energy Target, certainty for energy investors and international energy issues.

Listen

You can listen to the program on the ABC website.

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6 Star and beyond

The energy efficiency standards for residential buildings across Australia were raised significantly in 2011. In Victoria, the standard was raised from 5 to 6 stars. This was a major step forward, and posed many questions, including:

  • What are the cost impacts of the regulatory change?
  • How has the building industry responded?
  • How effective are the codes and standards for residential buildings?
  • To what extent have architects and builders improved on the regulatory minimum?

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Our Energy Future in NSW

Positive Charge is now working with eight councils in NSW under the banner ‘Our Energy Future’.

Our Energy Future is a key element of the Southern Sydney Region Organisation of Councils‘ (SSROC) Renewable Energy Master Plan. It will be run by Positive Charge for a 15-month pilot period.

The program has been implemented thanks to a collaboration by SSROC and will be delivered by the Our Energy Future team, coordinated by Positive Charge.

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CEO Sleepout

MEFL’s CEO, Alison Rowe will be sleeping outside on 22 June as part of the Vinnies CEO Sleepout. Along with thousands of other CEOs around Australia, Alison will be experiencing for one night what over 105,000 people experience every night – sleeping in the winter cold without a roof over her head.

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Staff Profile – Greg Potter

Program Support – Positive Charge

My role is to support the Positive Charge program by handling inbound queries, looking after aspects of our social media presence, assisting project leads and other staff with a range of tasks, and generally contributing to the running of the office.  My professional background includes 20 years in a range of customer service and technical support roles.

I’ve long been an advocate for solar energy and combating the effects of anthropogenic climate change in my personal circles – I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to do so on behalf of Positive Charge / MEFL.

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