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ACHIEVEMENT: 100 businesses in the City Of Melbourne have signed up for 100% green power.


DESCRIPTION: Power sourced from renewable energy is known as green power. Power in Victoria has typically been sourced from black power sources such as black and brown coal. This goal is for 100 businesses in the City of Melbourne to be sourcing 100% of their power needs from green power. Green power usually costs more than black power, largely because black power does not pay for the environmental externalities involved in its generation, in addition to its technological development being heavily subsidised.

I introduced the City of Melbourne to the Community Power buying scheme, with green power options for businesses having been available to business in the City of Melbourne from December 2002.

Having introduced Community Power to the City of Melbourne the options for businesses, more options are now available for businesses to adopt green power and thereby make a simple and straightforward investment in our future.

Community Power is a not for profit, renewable electricity buying group made up of the City of Melbourne, Darebin City Council, Port Phillip City Council, the Moreland Energy Foundation and the City of Yarra.

In conjunction with energy supplier AGL, Community Power is offering a range of contracts in the municipality. The program allows people to contribute to a more sustainable future through a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, while potentially reducing their own energy bill. Purchasing Green Power also encourages investment in Australia’s renewable energy industry.

Community Power offers energy plans that comprise combinations of accredited Green Power and energy from renewable sources, with contracts ranging between 18 months and 3 years.

Residents can choose between Community Green (15% accredited Green Power and 85% renewable energy) or Green Saver (5% accredited Green Power, 95% renewable energy). Residents who want to purchase a higher proportion of Green Power will be able to do so.

Business options include Business Green (10% accredited Green Power and 90% renewable energy) and Business Economy (50% renewable energy and 50% conventional electricity.) Business contracts will be for 1 year or 3 years.

'Accredited Green Power' is a renewable energy source from nationally accredited generators. 'Renewable energy' shares all the characteristics of Green Power except that it is sourced from generators commissioned prior to 1997 and is therefore not credited under the National Green Power Scheme. Initially, both of these options will be available at prices cheaper than people on the 'deemed tariff' are paying now for conventional (greenhouse intensive) electricity for peak electricity use.

FURTHER INFORMATION: For full information on Community Power Energy Plans including pricing and contract details, please contact AGL on 1300 762 245 or 131245 or visit www.agl.com.au.

You can find out more at the Community Power website at www.communitypower.org.


Cool Green Tip Of The Week -

23 April 2017: Only those who decline to scramble up the career ladder are interesting as human beings. Nothing is more boring than a man with a career: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918 -1956.

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