Community Renewable Energy

Exciting Announcement about Two Successful Appointments for our President, Jeff Barlow!

Appointment to YREAC! Jeff is now in a position to expand the scope of our work as an organization with two recent successful appointments. He has been appointed to the Yarra Ranges Environment Advisory Committee (YREAC), which is a committee that meets every two months to advise YR Council on environmental issues. This is an individual appointment for Jeff, in his own right, rather than as a representative of Healesville CoRE, but the issue of community renewable energy will be a major point of interest for Jeff on this committee, amongst other important environmental issues.

This appointment, which is for three years, will enable the issue of climate change and community renewable energy to be considered more closely by the committee, with a view to, hopefully, our work being supported to expand beyond Healesville to other towns in the Yarra Ranges municipality. The first business meeting of the committee on Thursday 2 May at the Council Chambers in Lilydale, saw a vigorous and energized discussion on climate change and renewable energy. Jeff also provided the Committee with a recently published Blueprint for how Councils can be involved with their community in transitioning to Net Zero. If you would like to read this document click on this link:

http://z-net.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/ZNET-A3-doublepager_v3.pdf

Appointment to the Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps! Jeff will train for three days in Brisbane in June this year to become an Ambassador for Climate Change with a commitment to personally run a minimum of 10 events related to climate change, within one year.

Jeff will bring back to Healesville, and elsewhere, the skills he will gain in Brisbane, to further develop the work of Healesville CoRE, and to expand our work beyond Healesville with support from our Central Committee and our team of volunteers!

 

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Did you ask a Question?

We answered it at the Q&A Healesville Community Gathering 2017 June 29th

and we will answer more!

  • What happens if your neighbour decides to put on an extension or renovation and your building might get shaded?
  • Does being off-grid make a town safer during a bushfire?
  • What about the mining of lithium that has just opened, and could produce up to a quarter of the world’s supply?
  • Which way should solar panels face, to get the best bang-for-your-buck?

Can you see yourself in the videos? (that’s the question we’re asking you)

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Energy Stress in Healesville?

 

Perhaps technologies that save, store or produce energy would help your household.    What do you need?

  • Money?
  • Knowledge?
  • Time?
  • People?
  • Control?

Don’t we all!  A new report by the Australian Council of Social Service, the  Brotherhood of St Laurence and The Climate Institute talks about empowering families to access affordable clean energy.

Let HealesvilleCoRE know your biggest energy worries and together we can start to fix them.

…and of course, ask our government to help…because rolling back support for renewables isn’t so smart.

 

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Fact: The cheapest form of new power generation is renewable

Fact: The cheapest form of new power generation is renewable

Wind and solar are now the cheapest form of

new power generation in Australia.

Low wind prices are reflected in recent

contracts for wind.

Worldwide, the cost of large-scale wind and

solar plants continues to fall. Onshore wind costs

fell 18%, and solar PV costs fell 17% in the past

year. Globally, wind prices have reached

record lows.

Sources: * Climate Council 2017

BNEF (2017) BNEF Research – New coal the most expensive

form of new supply.

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