Logan City Council

Is a Power Partner
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28% households & businesses

installed solar PV in LGA

95kW Tesla powerwall battery pack

Powers offgrid water reservoir's chlorination system

The City of Logan is proud to be the first South-East Queensland council to join the Cities Power Partnership. Logan has already embraced renewable energy with about 28% of all households and business in Logan having a solar PV system, representing 124 megawatts of installed capacity and about 34,000 individual systems. Councils have an important role to play in making changes that will lead to major reductions in Australia’s carbon emissions, and we’re looking forward to both learning from other Councils and providing leadership in this space.

Mayor Luke Smith

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

Over the past decade Logan City Council has invested in numerous energy saving technologies across a range of Council facilities. These have included:

Staff recently established the Logan Energy Dashboard – an energy monitoring system which operates on Council’s internal financial software that automatically collates all of Council’s electricity and fuel consumption data, allowing energy consumption to be easily monitored across the organisation.

 

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

Logan City Council’s 2017-2022 Corporate Plan includes a priority of being “Green and Renewable”. Solar PV is an ideal technology to help enable Council to achieve this vision. Many of Council’s public facilities primarily utilise electricity during the day and have unshaded roof space perfect for solar panels. Council is supportive of PV installations where the business case is good. Logan City Council was an early adopter of solar PV, and now that installation costs have dropped while power prices have risen, we are investigating options that will enable Council to embrace the future and take full advantage of the clean and free power that solar PV provides.

 

What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership

There are many Councils across Australia that are taking amazing steps to reduce carbon emissions. The distances that separate Councils means that the sharing of knowledge and advice between Councils can be difficult. The Cities Power Partnerships provides this valuable link. We look forward to learning from the experiences of other Councils as well as providing leadership in the local government carbon emissions reduction space.

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Logan City Council Action Pledge Coming Soon!

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

Facilitate large energy users collectively tendering and purchasing renewable energy at a low cost.

Provide council resources to educate and support the uptake of renewable energy, such as by hiring an internal renewable energy support officer or establishing an independent body (such as the Moreland and Yarra Energy Foundations).

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

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.

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

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

Incentivise the deployment of energy efficient heating and cooling technologies.

Ensure that new developments are designed to maximize public and active transport use, and are designed to support electric vehicle uptake.

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.

Set minimum energy efficiency benchmarks for all planning applications.

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