Every year the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) surveys energy consumers to see if small customers are having their needs met. This years’ survey found that higher prices combined with complex and confusing energy offers have driven consumer confidence to new lows. Only one in four consumers now say energy retailers are working in their long-term interests, down 10 per cent from last year. Satisfaction with value for money in energy is lower than banking, water, broadband and mobile sectors. Trust in the energy sector has dropped from 50 per cent in 2017 to 39 per cent in 2018.
More than one megawatt of solar power capacity has been installed in the City of Moreland through AEF’s Positive Charge team this financial year. This is more than double the result for 2016/17, when Positive Charge installed 439 kilowatts across Moreland, and the first time this milestone has been realised in a financial year. This milestone has been achieved by action from households, community groups, schools and businesses across Moreland.
As well as leading the team here at AEF, our CEO Alison Rowe chairs the Future Business Council – the new voice for business in Australia, of which AEF is a proud member. Recently Alison and several other AEF staff attended the launch of the Future Business Council’s updated The Next Boom report. They came back from the event excited and energised about the opportunities for Australia to lead the development of a clean, green and progressive economy.
The Big Solar Switch campaign aims to be Australia’s largest switch to solar power. The campaign will unlock the massive potential of not-for-profit and community organisations by helping them to go solar. This initiative has been developed by AEF and Community Buying Group exclusively for Australia’s 55,000 registered charities and 600,000 community organisations. It uses the strength of aggregated purchasing to reduce the cost and barriers of installing solar PV systems. The package includes a ‘best value’ guarantee which includes negotiated rates for the sector, extended warranties, expert advice and links to funding.
Monique Conheady was our second Chair of the Board, taking over from the wonderful Mike Hill. After almost eight years and working with our last two CEOs she leaves AEF. We will miss her dearly and we thank her for the huge amount of time she has dedicated to AEF. During her tenure Monique has taken the organisation through an amazing journey.
Australian Energy Foundation, with our partners the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) and Akin Consulting, have developed a feasibility and business case for of the City of Wodonga (Council) and Renewable Albury Wodonga (RAW). It investigates the potential for a two-megawatt community solar project to be developed within the municipality, with the community benefit of the project directed to low income households and community education within the Wodonga region.
Businesses across Victoria are putting solar on their roof and becoming energy efficient to help cut rising electricity costs and improve profitability, while doing their bit for the environment. Positive Charge and participating Victorian Councils can support your business through the sometimes tricky process of going solar in four key steps. Request quotes from Positive Charge’s panel of carefully vetted suppliers. Receive solar quotes showing financial savings for your business. Positive charge help you understand the quotes and finance options. You find the deal that’s right for you.
AEF is currently delivering the Victorian Healthy Homes program, which is funded by Sustainability Victoria. The program will help low income households where people are living with chronic health problems. The program will focus on improving the warmth of their home during winter. The study’s research partner, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) will then measure whether the improved warmth leads to better health and wellbeing outcomes and reduced energy consumption. Upgrades Upgrades of draught proofing, heating or insulation will be provided to 800 homes in the western suburbs of Melbourne and 200 in the Goulburn Valley region of northern Victoria. AEF is working with delivery partners including Uniting Kildonan to deliver home visits and energy assessment scorecards and to manage the process of installing the new items. Alison Rowe, CEO of the Australian Energy Foundation said, “we are thrilled to be working with Sustainability Victoria on this important project. We’re