Is a Power Partner
We believe the Cities Power Partnership Program will support our collaboration with neighbouring councils and provide access to reliable and current information and experiences specific to our Council and communityDeputy Mayor and Spokesperson for sustainability, Rod Scholes
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.
Facilitate large energy users collectively tendering and purchasing renewable energy at a low cost.
Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.
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.
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 approval processes (such as removing planning and heritage barriers to solar PV)
What Council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability:
- Installation of renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) in Council buildings and offices
- Council buildings have been fitted with 237kw of solar panels to date
- New Sustainability Unit established
- Sustainability Hub featuring community garden and workshops established
What Council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability:
- To put into effect priorities identified in Muswellbrook Shire Council’s Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027. Considerations include improving resource consumption and assisting the community in improving resilience to climate related vulnerability
- To identify local environmental sustainability issues including climate change, loss/re-establishment and rehabilitation of native vegetation and vegetation connectivity and restoration of riparian waterways
What Council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership Program:
- Muswellbrook Shire Council has joined the Cities Power Partnership for mentoring and partnerships, access to the CPP knowledge hub, webinars and climate council experts
- Muswellbrook Shire council believes that by working together Councils will be more effective in identifying strategies to assist the community in reducing energy consumption