RH&C Community Energy
Between 2017 and 2019, Resilient Hills & Coasts partner Councils explored how they could work with each other and their communities to deliver a Community Energy Foundation.
Collectively, our region spends around $150m on electricity each year. Most of this money leaves our local economy, but community energy has the potential to keep more of it here.
We believe our communities deserve access to energy that is affordable, reliable, good for the local economy and good for our environment. Our project explored how community energy could place downward pressure on energy prices for residential and commercial customers while facilitating the uptake of renewable energy.
For a number case study and toolkit of resources for Councils, regions and communities to learn from as they investigate their own community energy options.
What is community energy?
In simple terms, community energy is a group of people coming together to generate, own, manage, or reduce consumption of reasons, this project has not been implemented in our region. We are finalising a
of energy. Every community energy initiative is different and developed for different reasons - from tackling climate change to generating local jobs.
Community energy is relatively new to Australia. There are now over 100 community energy groups in Australia, with over 70 projects.
Community energy projects come in many different forms, including:
- Supplying local renewable energy e.g. Hepburn Wind - two wind turbines owned by local investors that supply electricity to the towns of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs
- Programs delivering energy advice, products and services e.g. Moreland Energy Foundation’s Positive Charge
- Local renewable energy and climate change strategies e.g. Totally Renewable Yackandandah and Zero-Net Energy Uralla
- Community owned electricity retailer e.g. Enova - Australia’s first community owned electricity retailer, using profits from energy sales to support the community.