Ovens & Murray Advertiser
Community power to buy energy
A COMMUNITY energy network, representing hundreds of residents across the North East, has been launched to support the development of a local community energy retailer.
The network currently has groups from Beechworth, Yackandandah, Indigo Valley, Wangaratta, Benalla, Corryong, Euroa, Mansfield, Taggerty and Wodonga.
Network convenor Cam Klose said the groups have a shared ambition to develop a community energy retailer able to source renewable energy from across the region, invest in local energy initiatives and retain profits in North East Victorian communities.
“The community energy retailer will allow communities to achieve energy independence, assisting in the installation of community mini grids,” Mr Klose said.
“The addition of a community energy retailer will allow participants in a mini grid - properties with solar and/or battery systems - to trade and share electricity between themselves.
“The creation of mini grids, supported by local utility scale renewable generation, will reduce communities’ reliance on expensive electricity from the National Electricity Market.
“There is a lot of excitement across the region for a community energy retailer that creates local jobs and invests the profits back in our towns and communities.”
Mr Klose said the Community Energy Network will help shape the retailer project, providing support, guidance and a conduit to local communities across the region.
“A local community energy retailer just makes sense,” he said.
“Not only will it see the creation of new jobs and renewable energy projects, but it means that the profits stay within our region, rather than heading overseas or back to Melbourne and Sydney.”
For more information about the community energy retailer visit www.communityenergyretailer.com.