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MEFL rebrands as Australian Energy Foundation

Moreland Energy Foundation has been working towards an equitable zero carbon society for almost 20 years, and as the organisation continues to scale up and expand their service offerings, their name change recognises the national footprint of their operations and impact. Travis Neal, Chair of the Board of Directors for the newly-branded Australian Energy Foundation said “this transformation aligns with the organisation’s ability to partner with all levels of government and like-minded organisations nationally to tackle climate change and energy poverty.” The majority of Australian adults now see climate change as ‘a critical threat’(1) and more than 240,000 Australians currently experiencing the tough realities of energy poverty, there is an urgency to act and lead in developing pathways to the solutions. Alison Rowe, Australian Energy Foundation CEO, says “our role in Australia has never been more important, and with our new positioning, we are ready to face the issues of

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Moreland Power

Moreland Power is one of AEF’s newest initiatives to accelerate the transition to clean energy in the City of Moreland. This pilot program will investigate the feasibility of using community-owned renewable energy to deliver benefits to both local community investors and households struggling to pay their energy bills. How it works AEF will work with Moreland City Council and our partners, to install 250 kilowatts of community-owned solar on Council-owned buildings. Renewable energy generated by these projects will be sold at a low cost to households facing energy hardship in Moreland.

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Power Saving Bonus

The Victorian Government has made saving on your energy bill a lot easier, with the Energy Compare website. Energy Compare allows you to easily find the best energy plan for your needs, and the best part is – they pay you to use it! The Victorian Government’s $50 Power Saving Bonus payment is available until 30 June 2019. To claim your bonus go to the Energy Compare website and follow the website prompts until you get to the Compare Offers screen, where you will see a button on the right hand side, to submit your Power Saving Bonus. Check our easy-to-use guide on how to use the site if you have any problems. 

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Electricity demand response trial

Want the chance to cut your energy bills this summer and score a free air-conditioning smart device worth $159? From now until 31 March 2019, Zen Ecosystems are running an exciting new demand response product trial in Victoria – and you can be a part of it.

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Spark! conference video

It’s four months since the Spark! conference, and the themes we discussed are still as important as ever. In this video, Spark! participants talk about the key themes of the conference and their ongoing relevance in the transition to an equitable zero carbon society. Read more on our Spark! pages

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Change the date

Yesterday (28 January) some of us chose to work, out of respect for diversity and inclusivity. We will take another day off instead.

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SustainabLOL

Climate Change may be no laughing matter but sometimes we need to lighten the tone and find humour. Join us for an afternoon with local and international comedians, as we acknowledge the difficulty in living a low carbon, environmentally friendly lifestyle and laugh in the face of a climate crisis! This is a family friendly event. All proceeds will go to the Australian Energy Foundation, to support local schools and community groups implement energy efficiency and renewable energy. $10 flat fee for all tickets – that’s an absolute bargain to see an hour and a half of top comedy!

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Solar for Renters

How can we make it worthwhile for a landlord to install solar on their rental property, when they don’t pay the bills? The Solar For Renters pilot program has an answer, and it seems to be working! Now renters can reap the benefits of solar too.

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Give a little energy justice this holiday season

I have already shared with you what a big year 2018 was for us here at AEF. A key theme has been our ongoing pursuit of energy justice – we want to make sure we look after all our neighbours across Australia. A special project Therefore, I wanted to share with you a special project that we are particularly proud of and to give you an opportunity to get involved… The Re4Bre project, based in Brewarrina in northern NSW, is founded on the vision of local elder Uncle Ike. Ike wants “to see all the Indigenous people who live in country areas who struggle with power to have cheap power. It doesn’t have to be a burden to them. Let them live, and enjoy life.”

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Spark video #4

Spark! delegate Trent MCarthy talks about the importance of ‘telling your story’ in making the energy transition happen.

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Spark! video #3

Spark! delegate Ben McGowan talks about the huge potential of community energy, as discussed at the conference.

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Spark! video #2

Spark! delegate April Crawford-Smith talks about the inspiration she drew from the conference.

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A MEGA year at AEF

What a MEGA year 2018 has been! At AEF our focus has been on delivering our major programs, building our organisation and supporting our people. This has seen us smash our impact targets in the areas of renewables installed, emissions reduced and advice provided to households. We have launched our new Strategic Plan which will guide our future work; we have a bold vision for an equitable zero carbon society. That’s a big task and we are up for it. AEF’s role is to accelerate the energy transition by empowering communities to take action.

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Solar for Renters

The Solar for Renters pilot project is now largely concluded. There were four successful installs and around 30 tenants and landlords participating in surveys providing rich insight into the barriers and potential pathways to solar installation on rental properties. The pilot enabled rental property owners in Moreland to install solar systems on houses in exchange for slightly higher rental incomes, while tenants benefit from saving more on their energy bills than the cost of the rent increase.

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Regional Action Plan

Regional Action Plan AEF has been working on an exciting project that goes to the heart of what we do – empowering communities to take action in the energy transition and ensure no one is left behind. The Department of Energy, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Port Phillip region appointed AEF to develop a draft Renewable Energy Engagement, Communication, and Action Plan for the Port Phillip region. The Plan aims to enable proactive engagement with the community in supporting the transition to renewable energy. The DELWP Port Phillip region consists of 31 local government areas and part of Mitchell Shire Council, all within Metropolitan Melbourne.

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Webinar: equitable energy transition

Join AEF’s Kate Nicolazzo in a webinar hosted by the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership on Tuesday 18 December from 11.30-12.30pm. The title is “Local government: helping to deliver an equitable energy transition.”

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AEF at the Fuzzy Front End

The Fuzzy Front End is the early pipeline of innovation where creative problem-solving approaches are used to navigate through ambiguity and to discover real user needs. It’s the first stage an organisation goes through in developing a new idea, where opportunities are identified and concepts are developed, prior to entering the formal development process for the product or service. AEF’s CEO Alison Rowe participated in a panel discussion on this topic at the Swinburne University Design Factory in November. Alison’s analogy to explain the Fuzzy Front End was making dinner on a Sunday evening:

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Victorian Solar Homes program

In November the Andrews Labor Government was re-elected. Prior to the election the party had made a number of election commitments relating to getting more solar power, battery storage and solar hot water (including hot water heat pumps) in to Victorian homes. So the re-election and planned implementation of Labor’s Solar Homes program is good news! Background Even before the election the Labor government had already launched part one of the Solar Homes program, whereby up to 24,000 homes were eligible to access a rebate for 50% of their solar install cost (up to $2,225). Approximately 14,000 households had already expressed an interest, before heading to the polling booths! This clearly demonstrates that the public are on board with an energy transition and demand is high.

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