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Submission to Climate Change Authority – policies necessary to achieve Australia’s commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement

Climate Action Tracker June 2019 assessment.

Climate Action Moreland prepared the following submission (PDF) to the Climate Change Authority focussing on three sectors: agriculture, energy (electricity) , and transport. These are key areas for Australia to implement climate policy to achieve reduction in emissions to meet Australia’s commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement. We appreciate the Climate Change Authority collating this information, even though the present conservative government largely ignores the independent advice of this Authority.

Under the Paris Agreement Australia needs to submit a new Nationally Determined Contribution document that outlines all targets and policies to achieve our targets, by early 2020. No backtracking is acceptable (this is written into the agreement as well) This is the ratchet (ambition) mechanism of the Paris Agreement. On current commitments the world is heading for an average temperature rise of between 2.4 degrees to 3.8 degrees Celsius by 2100, as calculated by the Climate Action Tracker website. Australia’s effort is rated as ‘Insufficient’.

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August 27, 2019 at 1:02 am Leave a comment

Brunswick MP highlights solar homes program needs urgent restructure

Solar installs in contraction due to poor implementation of Solar Homes Package

Brunswick Greens MP Tim Read has highlighted in state parliament the urgent need for the solar hones program to be restructured.

This is a flagship program by the Labor’s Dan Andrews Government for residential uptake of solar panels and growing renewables in Victoria. But the program is so popular and demand is being capped so that it is driving renewables installation businesses to the wall. The industry and jobs are in contraction.
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August 15, 2019 at 2:23 pm 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

New Victorian Solar Feed-in Tariffs to recognise Greenhouse gas avoidance

SolarPV in Moreland (Via MEFL)

SolarPV in Moreland (Via MEFL)

New solar feed-in tariffs (FIT) are being introduced by the Andrews Labor government in Victoria, based on the time-of-day – peak, off-peak and shoulder – which better reflects current electricity pricing. The new tariff structure will also compensate solar households with a tariff component taking into account the environment value of greenhouse gases avoided.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced the changes as a fairer way to pay people for the solar and wind power they produce for the electricity network.

“Victorians should be fairly compensated for the power they generate – plain and simple.” said Lily D’Ambrosio. “Households will now be compensated through the most cost effective and fairest system available, which is through a time-of-use feed-in tariff.”
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October 26, 2016 at 1:31 pm 1 comment

Victoria steps up with renewables target and ban on fracking

Premier Dan Andrews and Energy and Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio launching Victoria's renewable energy targets

Premier Dan Andrews and Energy and Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio launching Victoria’s renewable energy targets

In mid June Victoria stepped up it’s Renewable Energy target to 25 percent renewable energy share by 2020, and 40 percent by 2025. And this week Premier Daniel Andrews announced a permanent ban on onshore unconventional gas exploration and development and hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

While phaseout of coal generators is important, and we are hopeful that Hazelwood closure is in the near term pipeline, these are important announcements for climate action at the state level. It shows the state Government is treating the climate issue and their citizens with the seriousness that it deserves.

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August 30, 2016 at 3:57 pm Leave a comment

Moreland roofs now generate 12MWh power annually from Solar PV

JugendSolar_small_0Welcome to the local solar revolution.

Moreland City Council has just installed an extra 100kW of solar PV panels – 390 new panels in all – on the Coburg Civic Centre roof. This adds to the existing 9kW system that was already functioning.

These panels will meet 30 per cent of the building’s energy needs, as well as saving 160 tonnes of greenhouse gases every year, with an estimated saving of $23,000 from Council’s electricity bill each year,

Read more at MEFL: Coburg Town Hall gets solar-powered.

We think this is great news. Keep up the good work City of Moreland in transitioning to zero net emissions.

It is not only our Council that has been going solar, another item from the MEFL newsletter uses figures from the Clean Energy Regulator to show that at the end of February 2015:

  • 3,961 solar power systems had been installed in Moreland with a capacity of 10,708 kW
  • 414 solar power systems (1,622 kW) have been installed the 2014-15 financial year
  • 86 households have installed solar (244 kW) through the current bulk-buy coordinated by MEFL’s Positive Charge initiative
  • On average, householders in Moreland have installed 3.9 kW solar power systems

I also checked the latest figures for March 2015. In December 2013 I looked at the penetration of solar PV in Fawkner and more broadly across Moreland. Figues in brackets are from November 2013 data, so you can compare the change.

Suburb Total Dwellings Dwellings installed Percent Installed capacity
Fawkner 3060 4520 328 (246) 7.3% (5.4%) 940kW (571kW)
Hadfield, Glenroy and Oak Park 3046 11482 811 (635) 7.10% (5.5%) 2167kW (1391kW)
Coburg 3058 11303 1092 (835) 9.7% (7.4%) 3178kW (1990kW)
Pascoe Vale 3044 9127 680 (546) 7.5% (6%) 1716kW (1238kW)
Brunswick 3056 7014 504 (389) 7.20% (5.5%) 1264kW (835kW)
Brunswick South, Brunswick West 3055 3933 303 (246) 7.70% (6.3%) 756kW (563kW)
Moreland LGA 51330 (56139) 4027 (3343) 7.80% (6.1%) 10950kW (7666kW)

Congratulations Moreland. We now have a power station the equivalent of a 12MWh of annual generation capacity operating during the day on the roofs of Moreland. A good proportion of this energy would be used near production, saving in energy transmission losses. Of course Moreland is not the only municipality enjoying the solar PV revolution. Here are the latest stats of some Melbourne northern region solar PV installations:

Municipality Total Dwellings Dwellings installed Percent Installed capacity
Moreland 51330 4027 7.8% 10950kW
Moonee Valley 36135 3050 8.40% 8583kW
Darebin 46499 4400 9.5% 11316kW
Hume 54920 8007 14.6% 24692kW
Whittlesea 52770 7394 14.00% 20888kW
Banyule 43137 3681 8.50% 9959kW
Maribyrnong 23539 2026 8.60% 5753kW
Melbourne 10236 551 5.40% 2132kW

As you can see from this table the urban/rural fringe municipalities of Hume and Whittlesea have a much greater penetration of solar PV, now exceeding 14 per cent. These are not wealthy areas, with new estates where people have a substantial mortgage but also see solar PV as a cost effective way of saving on their utility electricity consumption. Moreland at 7.8% is second lowest after the City of Melbourne.

This graph shows the solar PV monthly aggregate installation across Moreland postcode areas time series:

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There is still a lot of opportunity for take up of solar PV in Moreland.

If you are thinking of doing so, Moreland Energy Foundation (MEFL) offshoot Postive Charge offers a solar PV bulk buy to save when purchasing.

This is one reason why consumer demand for electricity is falling.

But due to the loss of the carbon price from July 2014, utility scale energy production from both black and brown coal is rising. We need action at both state and Federal level to enhance emission standards that will result in the closure of some of our ageing coal fired clinkers like Hazelwood, which is the most polluting and inefficient power station in the industrial word, and produces substantial population health impacts and social costs.

 

April 15, 2015 at 11:21 pm 1 comment

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