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More climate ambition and Stop Adani a clear message from Wills Climate Forum to Mark Butler and Peter Khalil

Wills Climate Forum

Wills Labor MP Peter Khalil finally was able to organise a climate forum for his electorate centred on the City of Moreland, with shadow minister for climate and energy Mark Butler MP attending.

It was clear from the audience questions that although Labor is on the right track with climate policy, many citizens of Moreland think more ambition is needed given the climate crisis and the need for climate emergency planning. This was made clear by the most recent science in the IPCC 1.5C report published in October 2018. Most also want to see a clear statement and commitment to stop the Adani mine, and in fact any new coal or gas projects.
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February 28, 2019 at 2:42 pm 1 comment

Premier refuses to answer question on Victorian coal phaseout plan

Ellen Sandell asking about coal phaseout plan

The Premier Daniel Andrews failed to answer a direct question on Wednesday, the last sitting day this year for state parliament, on a transition plan to close Victoria’s dirty coal plants and stop coal mining and burning in Victoria for good, asked on behalf of School strike for climate kids.

Greens MP Ellen Sandell (Melbourne) asked the Premier, on behalf of all the students striking for climate justice, when he would urgently release his coal transition plan. She also highlighted that the Andrews government has extended the licence for the dirtiest coal station in Australia, Yallourn.

Premier, while your government has done some really good things on renewables, you are suspiciously silent when it comes to coal. My question is: will you hear the call of these brave young people and urgently release a plan to close Victoria’s dirty coal plants and stop coal mining and burning in Victoria for good?

Instead of answering the question, the Premier diverted his answer into the Victorian Renewable Energy Target of 50 per cent renewables by 2030 (The kids are demanding 100 percent by 2030), the lack of Federal leadership and in particular raising the old history in another parliament of Greens senators opposition to the CPRS scheme.
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December 20, 2018 at 10:51 pm Leave a comment

Wind to power Moreland Council’s electricity

Turbine blades for MREP Crowlands Wind Farm

Moreland Council is one of 14 organisations who have added their purchasing power together to support the development of a new wind farm to supply renewable energy for these organisations.

The 80MW Crowlands wind farm near Ararat, which will be owned and operated by energy company Pacific Hydro, will feature 39 turbines.

The consortium won the 2018 Premier’s sustainability award in the Government category. The Cooling Communities project was also listed as a finalist in the Environmental Justice category. Winners were announced on Thursday 11 October 2018 in Melbourne.

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October 23, 2018 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment

100 global solutions to Global warming: Paul Hawken on Drawdown

Paul Hawken on the long term CO2 trend

Paul Hawken explained the long term CO2 trend and the need for carbon Drawdown at a presentation event at Coburg Town Hall organised by CERES, MEFL and Moreland Council.

Hawken’s book on Drawdown explains the top 100 solutions to global warming and ranks them for their capacity and importance.

Food related solutions were 8 of the top 20 solutions with the need for a plant rich diet ranked as No 4.

Energy solutions were 5 of the top 20 solutions with onshore wind listed at No 2.

The work also shows the importance of programs tackling gender-based education inequalities with Educating girls at No 6 and Family Planning at No 7.
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February 25, 2018 at 11:17 pm Leave a comment

Turnbull’s National Energy Guarantee policy prolongs coal hinders renewables

NEG compared. Courtesy: Environment Victoria

Malcolm Turnbull has rejected the Chief Scientist recommendation of a Clean Energy Target and given us a National Energy Guarantee in it’s place which will mostly focus on reliability and affordability with limited emissions reduction.

This policy is guaranteed to keep coal and gas playing a substantial role in electricity production and act to slow down the take up of renewables, batteries and other despatchable technologies such as pumped hydro and solar thermal.
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October 20, 2017 at 2:26 am Leave a comment

Hydrogen fuelled zero emissions garbage trucks for Moreland

Moreland Council has invested in changing it’s fleet of diesel garbage trucks to zero emissions, which will reduce heavy vehicle fleet carbon emissions, pollution, noise, and reduce fuel costs in the long term.

The plan is to use electric heavy vehicle garbage trucks powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. The hydrogen will be generated by solar PV at the Hadfield depot, and by wind power purchased through the electricity grid, hence the hydrogen fuel cells will be renewables powered.

Moreland Council have entered into partnership with hydrogen technology company H2U and vehicle manufacturer CNH Industrial to deliver the pilot project. This pilot project is one of the first in the world using hydrogen fuel cells in a heavy vehicle fleet.
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August 6, 2017 at 3:34 am 1 comment

Opposing the rule to charge solar owners a fee to feed-in to electricity grid

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) is considering allowing a charge on solar owners for feeding their electricity back to the grid. We think this is grossly inequitable and very problematic for reducing emissions and continuing to encourage take up of solar renewable energy by households and businesses.

The following submission was made on the rule change:
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July 3, 2017 at 10:49 pm Leave a comment

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