WA councils leading the shift to renewable energy

In a giant step towards zero emissions, WA Local Governments are set to sign up for an Australian first renewable energy agreement.

It comes after 46 Victorian councils signed up to a similar deal earlier this year.

WALGA’s joint energy purchasing initiative, which will see 100 per cent renewable energy delivered to 51 councils, is also the first renewables and carbon offset aggregation project to be granted authorisation by the ACCC.

It enables the group to purchase energy from WA’s main south-western grid, large and small scale generation certificates and Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs).

The renewable energy will be sourced from three WA wind farms at Albany, Emu Downs and Collgar wind farm. Under the arrangement, members will pool their demand for energy and jointly purchase it, jointly negotiate terms of supply and jointly manage contracts.

WALGA President Mayor Tracey Roberts said the agreement would deliver both the option for 100% 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 a number of Local Governments. “The enthusiasm for this project in the sector and the terms that have been achieved for the community are outstanding,” Mayor Roberts said. “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 ACCC has granted authorisation for the purchasing arrangement until 2036.

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