Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said Melbourne must lead the way to meet its 2020 emission targets and has now united other like-minded local governments and businesses to challenge the market “to supply us with the right energy at the right price.”
“We have launched a Request for Information Process to combine our purchasing power and signal our interest in securing a competitive price for a long term electricity supply from renewable sources.
“We hope this scale of demand will stimulate investment in a new renewable energy project that is shovel-ready and has planning approvals in place.”
Doyle says the group has a collective energy consumption of around 100 GWh worth of energy, which under current market conditions is equivalent to around 250,000 solar panels or 15 wind turbines.
And, the Chair of the council’s Environment Portfolio, Councillor Arron Wood, said the City of Melbourne has a target of sourcing 25% of the municipality’s electricity from renewables by 2018.
“The target cannot be achieved through council actions alone and we can’t currently access the level of renewable energy we require from within the municipality of Melbourne.
“What we are proposing is a new model for securing renewable energy. If it works we would encourage other organisations to adopt a similar model.”
Cr Wood said an evaluation process will begin next year to determine the overall viability of the model and whether to proceed to a full tender process.
Partners involved in the group assembled by the council are:
• City of Maribyrnong
• City of Yarra
• Federation Square
For more information on the Melbourne City Council renewable energy initiative, click here.