Darebin Council has taken a lead role in the successful coming together of 46 Victorian Councils who have agreed to buy their power through Red Energy from two Victorian wind farms - the Dundonnell (near Mortlake) and Murra Warra (near Horsham).
Darebin Council staff recently outlined this exciting breakthrough initiative at a DCAN webinar. Called the Victorian Energy Collaboration (VECO) it represents the largest emissions reduction project in the local government sector in the whole of Australia. Equivalent to taking 90,000 cars off the road each year, Darebin Council also estimates a 30% saving in energy bills which will be ploughed back into other community programs.
Council staff explained how the length of the contract period provides stability for the wind generators which in turn supports further investment in renewables, creates jobs and contributes to the electricity grid as whole. If you would like to hear more about this exciting project you can watch the webinar recording here or visit the VECO website.