In June 2014, EAGA partnered with the Victorian Greenhouse Alliances to deliver a state wide planning workshop to assist Local Government stakeholders to define the scope of issues to be included in a sector wide response to the Electricity Distribution Price Review (EDPR). Over 35 Councils attended the session and identified the following five key issues to be addressed through the EDPR process and via a coordinated engagement program with Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSP):
- Public Lighting
- Demand Management
- New Technologies
- Data Exchange
- Climate Change Adaptation
These priority issues have been subsequently developed into a series of policy statements which detail the specific outcomes that councils are seeking to achieve through responding to the EDPR. The policy framework can be accessed here (PDF, 223 KB).
The approach described in the framework is already translating to financial savings for Councils. EAGA recently facilitated a collective negotiation between Ausnet Services and the councils within its distribution area on OMR charges for LED street lights. Through this process, the region’s Councils were able to secure significant costs reductions (~ 30%) that will result in savings between $200K – $300K in the first year and up $6M over the life time of the assets.
EAGA has also partnered with United Energy to deliver Australia’s first cross sector strategic planning workshop. The event aimed to build knowledge and capacity within the Local Government sector to integrate district energy projects into future developments and policy.
Data collected through the workshop has informed the development of the first interactive mapping resource tailored for the local government and energy distribution sectors. For the first time, stakeholders will be able to overlay the distribution network area over municipal boundaries and examine the precise location of major and minor networks constraints. This will enable both sectors to collaboratively identify and develop sustainable energy solutions and facilitate better energy planning for new developments. The map files are available from the links below in Google Earth (.kml), MapInfo (.tab) and QGIS shape (.shp) formats to ensure compatibility with the variety of mapping applications in use across both sectors.