Bega Valley Shire

Is a Power Partner
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Bega Valley Shire Council joined the Cities Power Partnership to further empower our Council and our community to be innovative, educated and collaborative in working towards better environmental outcomes for all

Kristy McBain, Mayor

What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability.

What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability.

Why council joined the Cities Power Partnership.

Kristy McBain, Councillor and Mayor of the Bega Valley Shire Council

Media Coverage

Councils fight for planet. Goulburn Town & Country.

Flannery, Paris, Adani and 2020: ‘It’s a lived experience’. Bega District News.

Sharing our approach: ‘Bega was one of the very first councils to sign up’. Bega District News.




Bega Valley Shire Action Pledge Coming Soon!

In the meantime, check out some pledges that councils can choose from:

Use strategic and statutory planning processes to promote renewable energy both at the residential, commercial and larger scale.

Ensure Council fleet purchases meet strict greenhouse gas emissions requirements and support the uptake of electric vehicles.

Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.

Promote knowledge sharing and strengthen the local community’s capacity and skills in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.

Power council operations by renewables, directly (with solar PV or wind), or by purchasing Greenpower (from electricity retailers). Set targets to increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time.

Public lighting can use a large proportion of a city’s energy budget - roll out energy efficient lighting (particularly street lighting) across the municipality.

Encourage local businesses and residents to take up solar PV, battery storage and solar hot water heating. This can be done through providing incentives (such as solar bulk buy schemes or flexible payment options) or streamlining approvals processes (such as removing planning and heritage barriers to solar PV).

Set minimum renewable energy benchmarks for new developments, for example Denman Prospect, ACT requires every new house to install a minimum solar PV system.

Ensure that the practices of local government contractors and financing such as banking, insurance, and super are aligned with council goals relating to renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport. Set appropriate criteria for council procurement.

Electrify public transport systems (for example buses operated by council) and fleet vehicles and power these by 100% renewable energy.

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