2018 Media Releases
Willoughby City Council joins landmark renewable agreement to cut emissions and costs
02 November 2018
Willoughby City Council joined 17 other NSW councils to sign a landmark agreement that will see 20% of council’s retail electricity from renewable sources from 1 July 2019.
Procuring 20% renewables allows Willoughby City Council to fix its costs until 2030 and reduces its reliance on standard grid power. The electricity supply agreement will save over 1,800 tonnes of CO2-e every year and about $37,000 over three years in reduced electricity costs.
This innovative approach, achieved through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), allows Council to purchase renewable electricity without exposure to the volatility of the National Electricity Market (NEM).
Willoughby City Council will access renewable energy from the Moree Solar Farm project until 2030, with the balance of council’s retail electricity needs from Origin Energy’s grid electricity Around 440,000 MWh of renewable energy will be supplied to 18 councils over a 12 year agreement.
Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney said: “Council is proud to have joined forces with 17 other NSW councils to reduce our emissions and costs. It will support the renewable energy industry in NSW, with the savings re-invested back into our community.”
“Council is committed to sustainability and investing in ways to reduce our environmental impact. Our residents are telling us they want Council to be leaders in creating a greener community.
“One of the goals outlined in the community strategic plan, which was created from 6,000 pieces of community feedback was a green and livable city. This new approach to energy brings that a step closer.”
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- The 18 Councils in this joint renewable energy and retail electricity contract are Bayside, Campbelltown, Canada Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown, Georges River, Hunters Hill, Inner West, Ku-Ring Gai, Liverpool, North Sydney, Parramatta, Randwick, Ryde, Singleton, Sutherland Shire, Waverley, Willoughby and Woollahra.
- Lane Cove and Mosman Council participated in the retail electricity component of the process only.
Origin Energy (ASX: ORG) is the leading Australian integrated energy company. Origin is the leading energy retailer with approximately 4.2 million customer accounts, has approximately 6,000 MW of power generation capacity and is also a large natural gas supplier. Origin is the upstream operator of Australia Pacific LNG, which supplies natural gas to domestic markets and exports LNG under long term contracts.
Willoughby City Council joined with six councils and the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) to negotiate the deal. SSROC is an association of 11 councils spanning Sydney’s southern suburbs, eastern suburbs, CBD, and inner west and covering a third of the Greater Sydney’s population, or 1.7m people.
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