Local, Independant and Effective
September 14, 2018

Community powering renewable energy efforts

Federal Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan is calling on the government to commit to a national energy policy that considers community energy.

Ms McGowan used her 90 second statement, three minute statement and question in Parliament on Wednesday to call on the government and speak about the wonderful community energy efforts happening in Yackandandah.

Ms McGowan also met with Nino Ficci and Alistair Parker from AustNet Services yesterday to discuss the MiniGrid project in Yackandandah run by Mondo in conjunction with Totally Renewable Yackandandah.

“This project is an Australia-first trial of a commercial renewable Mini Grid. It includes 200 homes combining rooftop solar systems and the new Mondo Ubi – the smart control device that will allow energy to be shared between homes. A further 30 homes have battery storage. A project like this in a rural community area with 1200 households is outstanding,” Ms McGowan said.

“Indi has demonstrated we can bring prices down, we can improve reliability and we can do something about emissions. We’ve got the technology and the strategies to underpin strong framework for national policy.”

While the National Energy Guarantee will not proceed, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government was committed to the Paris Agreement.

“Indi wants to see action on climate change. Climate change and renewable energy are consistently listed as major concerns by respondents to the Indi Budget surveys. This year respondents listed it third in the top five concerns,” Ms McGowan said.

“Groups such as Totally Renewable Yackandandah are leading the way in giving communities the power to control their environmental footprint. Any national energy policy would need to ensure that community efforts will be protected.”

Ms McGowan’s speeches and question can be viewed at http://www.cathymcgowan.com.au/video_gallery

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