Bathurst Regional Council
Is a Power Partner
revolving energy fund
electricity savings to date
Joining Cities Power Partnership gives Bathurst Regional Council an opportunity to showcase the work we are doing at a local level to embrace energy efficiency, deliver energy savings to the local community and reduce Council’s carbon emissions. It also provides Council with opportunities to learn from other Councils and from experts in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable transport.
Partnership Action Pledge
Our power partners are committed to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.
Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings for example childcare facilities, libraries, street lighting, recreation centres, sporting grounds and council offices.
Roll out energy efficient lighting (particularly street lighting) across the City.
Provide fast-charging infrastructure throughout the city at key locations for electric vehicles.
Promote local knowledge sharing and strengthen the local community’s capacity and skills in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport
Provide for adequate cycle lanes (both space and connectivity) in road design and supporting cyclists through providing parking, and end-of-ride facilities (covered, secure bike storage, showers, bicycle maintenance and incentives).
Bathurst Regional Council
What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
In 2009 Bathurst Regional Council created a staff position with responsibilities to monitor and report on energy use of Council operations. Then in 2010/11 Council committed $100,000 seed funding to establish a Revolving Energy Fund. The fund allows a proportion of the savings made as a result of investment in energy saving projects to be diverted into a fund that is used to invest in future energy saving initiatives. Since the initial seed funding Council has invested a further $200,000 capital funding into the program.
Ten projects have been funded or part funded by the Revolving Energy Fund, reducing Council’s grid electricity use by an estimated 500 MWh and CO2 emissions by 434 tonnes.
The projects have included the installation of solar arrays at Mount Panorama, Council’s Works Depot, Small Animal Pound, Water Filtration Plant, Waste Water Treatment Works, the Library Art Gallery complex; and lighting upgrades at the National Motor Racing Museum, Depot, Art Gallery and Aerodrome.
What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
A key theme of the Bathurst Community Strategic Plan is environmental sustainability and the Plan has stated objectives to promote sustainable and energy efficient growth, to minimise the City’s environmental footprint and to encourage less car dependency.
What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership
Through membership of the Cities Power Partnership Council hopes to continue the rollout of projects through the Revolving Energy Fund, to build on the savings already made and to promote the efficiencies being made in a regional city to other local government areas and communities across Australia. Council is also currently investigating projects in the area of energy efficient street lighting and sustainable transport, including electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Council anticipates that being a Cities Power Partner will help it leverage learnings made by other Councils and organisations and increase the likelihood of successful project outcomes in these areas.