Since 2016, EAGA has been delivering a joint Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) program – the first of its kind in the Australian Local Government sector. The program aims to reduce energy consumption and operational costs by ~30% in council owned buildings and facilities.
A fundamental element of the EPC process is that the savings are contractually guaranteed by the energy services company (ESCO). EPCs typically include a holistic set of energy efficiency, renewable energy and other measures across a suit of facilities that are capable of delivering sufficient savings to finance the full cost of the project. Under the EAGA model, councils benefit from a joint procurement approach, with the project facilitated by a shared staff resource, hosted at one of the participating councils.
Tranche 1 (2016 – 2019)
Boroondara, Maroondah, Yarra Ranges are now each capturing ~$200K/yr in savings and 1,500 tonnes of abatement from energy conservation measures implemented in the project. Collectively, the Councils invested ~$6.4M in energy efficiency upgrades across 28 of the region’s most emission intensive facilities.
Tranche 2 (2019 – current)
The scope of the program has been extended to capture an additional 13 large council facilities, including energy intensive aquatic centres and buildings in Knox and Whitehorse. Both councils have engaged the same ESCO (EcoSave) who worked with Tranche 1 councils. Planned retrofits and upgrades are currently being rolled-out with clear financial savings expected in the coming financial period.
To find out more, please contact our EAGA Energy Projects Officer here.