Electricity contracts in Local Government – info forum (September 2017)

With support from Sustainability Victoria, the Victorian Greenhouse Alliances teamed-up to provide councils with independent information to critically assess future options for electricity contracts. The event also presented findings from the Large Scale Solar Feasibility Study – an initiative jointly funded by the Greenhouse Alliances. Access the key event documents and presentations below:

Current procurement options and determining preferences
Large Scale Solar Feasibility Study – FG Advisory 
Who’s with who contract matrix
FAQs event attendees

Solar Rates Information Forum (December 2015)

Council officers from across the State visited Sustainability Victoria to discuss the development of an innovative statewide solar financing project. The session presented findings from EAGA’s recent business case study for a solar rates program (supported by local government) that assists vulnerable and low-income households in Victoria to access solar PV and energy efficiency measures. Access the background documentation and presentation below:

EAGA Solar Rates Information Forum Briefing Dec 2015
MEFL Presentation EAGA Solar Rates Forum Dec 2015

Sunulator Training (October 2015)

EAGA partnered with the Alternative Technology Association to deliver a customised training program aiming to assist council officers to undertake detailed financial analysis of solar PV projects on council facilities using the Sunulator tool. Access the training guide below:

Sunulator Training Notes EAGA

Biodiversity Monitoring in Melbourne’s East Launch (August 2015)

Biodiversity Monitoring in Melbourne’s East was officially launched at the City of Boroondara on Wednesday 12 August. The launch brought together members of the Eastern and Western Biodiversity Planners Network and included a presentation by project team members Dr Caragh Threlfall and Dr Rod Van Der Ree from the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology (ARCUE). Download the presentation from the link below:

Biodiversity Monitoring Launch Event August 2015

Energy & Climate Change Conference II (March 2015)

EAGA’s second conference provided a unique forum for sustainability officers from all Councils to share experiences and lessons from current and past local government sustainability projects. Download the event program and presentations from the links below:

Energy & Climate Change Conference II Program Final
Energy & Climate Change Conference II Panel Contacts
City of Melb Utility Scale Renewable Energy Adam Zaborszczyk
DNSP Engagement Program Scott McKenry
Doncaster Hill District Energy Andrew Allan

Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap Launch (March 2015)

Celebrating the completion of the year long project and the production of a tangible action focused roadmap of adaptation initiatives for the region’s councils to collectively pursue.  Download the presentation from EAGA’s Adaption Officer, Robert Law, from the link below:

Adaptation Roadmap Launch 2015 03 25

United Energy Strategic Planning Workshop (Jan 2015)

A unique cross-sector event aiming to build knowledge and capacity within the Local Government sector to integrate district energy projects into future developments and policy. Access the presentations from joint initiative between EAGA, SECCCA and United Energy from the links below:


Program UE Local Gov Planning Workshop Jan 2015
Introduction and activity 2015 01 28
Summary of UE Network Rodney Bray 2015 01 28
Case Study Doncaster Hill Faye Adams 2015 01 28

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.

The workshop outputs have been collated into an accompanying report containing snap shots of each municipality within the United Energy region, together with succinct (non-exhaustive) list of non-network solutions and/or cross sector planning opportunities requiring further investigation or development.

UE Local Gov Planning Workshop Outputs March 2015
UE Council map google earth kml
UE Council map QGIS shape
UE Council map MapInfo tab

Economic Development & Sustainability Forum (Sept 2014)

An initiative of EAGA, WAGA and Arup to bring local government critical information on emerging and current solutions to engage businesses in improving energy efficiency. Access the presentations from the link s below:

Positive Energy Places Case Study
EUA Finance for the Regions
SMF Building Better Finance EUA
CitySwitch Green Office program
SV Smarter Resources Smarter Business
Arup How to spot potential projects

How will Climate Change impact Melbourne’s East (Aug 2014)

A community event delivered in partnership with the University of Melbourne featuring a key note presentation from renowned climate scientist Professor David Karoly. The session explored how the climate is changing across Melbourne’s east and presented a number of key regional responses initiatives. Download the workshop presentations from the links below:

David Karoly climate change science (.pdf 2081KB)
EAGA Mitigation and Adaptation (.pdf 814KB)

Climate Science Road Show (Jul-Aug 2014)

In July – August 2014, a comprehensive series of climate science presentations was delivered to over 350 Council staff across the Councils of EAGA.  The events were designed to provide Councils with an update on the latest climate science to ensure staff can make informed decisions in relation to climate change adaptation.  The series was delivered as part of the Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap project, in partnership with CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology and Climate Council. Download the workshop presentations from the links below:

Bureau of Meteorology – State of the Climate 2014
Climate Council – Tim Flannery Aug 2014
CSIRO Climate Science – Simon Torok July 2014

Electricity Distribution Price Review Workshop (June 2014)

Delivered in partnership with NAGA, CVGA and GBGA and Ironbark Sustainability, the workshop assisted Local Government staff from across the State to define the scope of issues to be included in a sector wide response to the Price Review and establish an ongoing engagement strategy for working with distribution business. Download the workshop presentations from the links below:

EDPR Workshop June 2014
EDPR WS United Energy & Manningham June 2014

Energy & Climate Change Mini-Conference (March 2014)

This event was designed to engage and share experiences and lessons from current and past local government sustainability projects among sustainability project officers from all Councils. The event featured facilitated discussions and Q&A around the topic areas of energy efficiency, distributed energy, behaviour change and adaptation. Download the program, workshops outputs and presentations from the links below:

ECCMC Event Program
ECCMC Workshop outputs
ECCMC Overheads
EUA Finance for the Regions
ECCMC Evaluation

Energy Efficiency Finance Breakfast (February 2014)

Delivered in partnership with the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC), the event engaged Councillors, CFOs, Directors and Managers around new and emerging finance options and budget impacts of energy efficiency upgrades to Council facilities.  Download the presentations and case studies from the links below:

Greener Government Buildings – Sam Burke, Victorian Dept of Treasury and Finance
Clean Energy Finance Finance for the LGA Sector – Mel Cutler, CEFC
Adaptive Assets EPC – Craig Kenny, Director Community Programs, City of Yarra
Revolving Energy Fund – Mark Dupe, Director Corporate Development, Knox City Council
EUA Finance for the Regions – Scott McKenry, Regional Coordinator, EAGA