Leading the shift to renewable energy

Article image - Leading the shift to renewable energy WALGA has negotiated a renewable energy agreement for 51 WA councils.

Western Australian Local Governments will take a giant step towards zero emissions when they sign up for an Australian first renewable energy agreement.

Negotiated by the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA), the new aggregated agreement has the potential to deliver 100 percent renewable power to 51 councils.

Local Governments have until 18 November to formalise their participation in the project, which would make it the largest of its kind undertaken in Australia.

WALGA President, Mayor Tracey Roberts said the agreement would deliver both the option for 100 percent renewable energy for the sector’s contestable supply and savings of up to $5 million.

Mayor Roberts said WALGA had worked on developing the agreement with a steering group comprising senior representatives from several local governments.

“The enthusiasm for this project in the sector and the terms that have been achieved for the community are outstanding.

“There is a genuine appetite in the local government sector to lead the way on zero emissions and the shift to renewable energy is a giant step in the right direction.”

The initiative is the first renewables and carbon offset aggregation project granted authorisation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.    

It will access the renewable energy supply from three Western Australian wind farms – Albany, Emu Downs and Collgar wind farm.

“Sourcing renewable energy from WA providers was a strong requirement of the sector and further supports the direct benefit to the community in supporting local industry.”