City of Sydney opting for renewables
Individuals, households, groups and governments all around Australia are taking steps to make the nation more energy efficient, environmentally friendly and sustainable, to ensure that the country can look forward to a bright and prosperous future.
One of the latest noteworthy examples of this is the City of Sydney, which is setting a significant eco friendly energy example for the rest of the country and the international community with its new Renewable Energy Master Plan.
This plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the local government area by 70 per cent below 2006's levels, by the year 2030.
A goal of producing 30 per cent of the city's electricity from renewable sources has also been set.
This comes in light of the recent announcements that energy retailers in New South Wales and Queensland are likely to soon increase electricity prices in order to keep up with the skyrocketing costs of upgrading the poles and wires infrastructure that electricity transmission necessitates.
Peak demand is the main culprit driving the need for network upgrades, and in Sydney this usually occurs between 10am and 4pm, when electricity use is at its highest. Any efforts to reduce peak demand may delay the need for infrastructure upgrades or reduce their intensity.
Clean technologies can help significantly to reduce this peak demand by taking some pressure off the traditional electricity network, meaning that it doesn't reach capacity so easily.
An example of how the City of Sydney aims to cut down on some of this peak demand pressure is through a $4.3 million project which will see solar panels installed at 30 council owned sites.
These include the Sydney Park Pavilion, Paddington and the Glebe Town Hall, as well as various libraries, community centres and other public areas.
The solar panel project will have a total peak electrical capacity of 1.25 MW which will cut down on annual carbon pollution by up to 2,250 tonnes.
David Green, chief executive of the Clean Energy Council (CEC), congratulated the City of Sydney's plan and offered his support.
"The many steps the council is taking will provide an extremely useful template for other local councils considering some of these options," said Mr Green.
This may come as a relief for energy users who are worried about the rising electricity prices due to peak demand and the necessity of upgrading the network.
Posted by Charlie Moore