Greater Geelong is partnering with 45 other Victorian
councils on the largest ever emissions reduction project by local government in
Known as the Victorian Energy Collaboration(VECO)
, the project will provide the councils with 100 per cent renewable
energy until the end of 2030.
The estimated collective total 240 GWh of
clean energy is equivalent to powering 48,000 homes with renewables or removing
the emissions from 90,000 cars every year.
The ground-breaking venture is expected to
save up to 22 per cent on the City's electricity bills.
Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher said by
joining VECO, the City would use renewables for 100 per cent of its total
“As the biggest partner in this collective
agreement, we are leading the way on taking meaningful action on climate
change,” Mayor Asher said.
“This project is a prime example of our
commitment to take local action to reduce the region’s carbon emissions, as
outlined in our Sustainability Framework Action Plan
“This long-term deal will power our street
lights, libraries, leisure centres and council facilities, while reducing
emissions and keeping costs low.”
The initiative will play a major role in
helping to meet the target of having City-managed operations carbon neutral by2025
VECO has been co-ordinated by Darebin City
Council, in Melbourne’s north.
“This is a collective effort formed by staff
and councillors from across the state, for the benefit of our communities,” Darebin
Mayor Lina Messina said.
“By powering councils with affordable
renewable energy, we’re making ratepayers’ dollars go further.
“Every dollar we save on energy bills is a
dollar we can put towards improving roads, footpaths, libraries or community
Red Energy will provide 240 GWh of electricity
per year to the 46 participating councils over a period of 9.5 years, beginning
1 July 2021.
Owned by Snowy Hydro, Red Energy is a 100 per
cent Australian owned and operated energy retailer based in Melbourne.
“Given Red Energy is born and bred in
Victoria, we are really excited to be a part of a project that is supporting
Victorian councils, their ratepayers and two new Victorian wind farms,” Red
Energy CEO Iain Graham said.
The renewable energy will be provided by two Victorian
wind farms: Dundonnell wind farm near Mortlake, which started exporting power
to the grid in March 2020, and Murra Warra II wind farm near Horsham, which is
being built and will be fully operational by June 2022.