City of Casey works towards becoming carbon neutral

The City of Casey is pleased to announce that from January 2021 all of Casey’s streetlights will be powered with renewable energy.

As a part of Council’s Emissions Management Plan, which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and work towards achieving carbon neutrality, Council has signed a ten-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Procurement Australia to supply Casey’s streetlights with renewable energy from Victorian wind farms.

In 2018, Council conducted a Community Environment Survey which demonstrated that 89 per cent of the respondents were concerned about the potential impacts of climate change within Casey’s community.

Following this survey, Council identified power purchase agreements (PPA) as a potential opportunity for Council to achieve its carbon neutrality goal.

Council’s Chair of Administrators Noelene Duff PSM is pleased to announce the partnership and said Council was committed to reducing carbon emissions.

“This is another fantastic step towards Council’s long-term goal of becoming carbon neutral” she said.

“It will also provide a long-term sustainable solution for Council to better manage and forecast utility costs by reducing Council’s vulnerability to rising energy costs and support future budget planning,” said Ms Duff.

The renewable energy will be sourced from Bald Hills Wind Farm in Wonthaggi from 1 January 2021 until the end of 2027, and then sourced from another Victorian Renewable project until 30 June 2030. Throughout the life of the agreement Casey’s streetlights will produce no greenhouse gas emissions.

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