City of Port Phillip took home the Premier’s Sustainability Award in the Government category for our work to make the ambitious Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) a reality.
MREP is a local government-led collaboration between public and private sectors to deliver electricity cost certainty while driving investment in renewable energy projects. The project demonstrates local government innovation and leadership in de-carbonising the electricity supply, which will play a critical role in attaining the Council’s ambitious climate goals for our organisation and the community we serve.
As part of MREP, Council will be supplied with 100 per cent green power for the next decade, reducing Council’s gross emissions by 87% and making it possible to attain and sustain our goal of zero net emissions by 2020/21 and beyond.
Council’s participation in the project involved active contributions staff from across council, including finance, assets, procurement, governance and sustainability over the last three years.
MREP enabled the construction of a new 80MW wind farm at Crowlands, a small agricultural community north of Ararat. The MREP partners have signed long-term contracts to purchase 88GWh of electricity each year, which will avoid 96,800 tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution every year. The project will also create 140 jobs during the wind farm construction, eight ongoing jobs, and new opportunities for local businesses in regional Victoria.
Photos courtesy of Pacific Hydro Australia