Powering energy security

An Australian-first collaboration between some of Melbourne’s most iconic councils, universities, corporations and cultural institutions will allow the group to access renewable energy under a long-term contract.

Led by the City of Melbourne, the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project network has combined its purchasing power to buy electricity from a new 80 megawatt wind farm near Ararat.

Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood said the farm will be built by Pacific Hydro and include 39 wind turbines.

‘We need to transition to renewable energy to provide long-term energy security for Melbourne,’ Cr Wood said.

‘This is the first time in Australia, and possibly the world, that such a diverse group of organisations have come together to invest in renewable energy and take joint action on climate change.’

With only 17 per cent of Victoria’s electricity currently coming from renewable sources, this project will diversify Melbourne’s energy supply.

‘Our group will purchase more than 85 gigawatt hours of energy each year – the equivalent of powering more than 17,000 Melbourne households for a year,’ Cr Wood said.

‘This will save more than 96,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

‘The fantastic thing is that this model is replicable. We’ve already had strong interest from local governments around the world that wish to accelerate the transition to renewables.’

The Melbourne Renewable Energy Project replication model is now ready to be shared with other organisations, to drive global investment in renewable energy nationally and internationally.