Community Energy

The Resilient Hills & Coasts Climate Change Adaptation Project is exploring how our region could benefit from local councils supporting the community to participate in energy projects. The Hills & Coasts region includes the council areas of Adelaide Hills, Mount Barker, Alexandrina, Victor Harbor, Yankalilla and Kangaroo Island.

Resilient Hills and Coasts region    
Collectively, the Hills & Coasts region spends around $300m on electricity each year, with much of this revenue leaving our communities. In addition, rising energy costs were highlighted in the 2016 & 17 Victor Harbor Business Survey as a key constraint to growing local businesses. We believe our communities deserve access to energy that is affordable, reliable, good for the local economy and good for our environment. We are exploring how community energy could place downward pressure on energy prices for residential & commercial customers whilst facilitating the uptake of renewable energy.

Community energy means enabling community members to have a say in how their energy is supplied and used. You can help shape our understanding of what people in our region think about the importance of community energy, the ways that you would like to see the community benefit, and the role that councils could play in supporting community energy.

Have your say by completing this short survey (approximately 7 minutes) and go in the draw for your chance to win an iPad Mini*.   The survey closes midnight Sunday 17 June 2018.

 

What is community energy?  

In simple terms, community energy is a group of people coming together to generate, own, manage, or reduce consumption of energy. Every community energy initiative is different and developed for different reasons - from tackling climate change to generating local jobs.

Community energy projects come in many different forms, including:

Community energy is relatively new to Australia. There are now over 100 community energy groups in Australia, with over 70 projects, and local governments are increasingly getting involved.

 

Why are we interested in community energy?  

By working together with local communities on community energy projects, the region can potentially:

 

What could community energy look like in our region?  

Generate and store local renewable energy
Support all community members to participate and take action
Promote local job opportunities and innovation

These are just a few of the ways community energy could help the Hills & Coasts region become more resilient. We would like to hear your ideas.

 

What do you think community energy in our region could look like?  

You can help shape our understanding of what people in our region think about the importance of community energy, the ways that you would like to see the community benefit, and the role local councils could play in supporting community energy.

Have your say by completing this short survey (approximately 7 minutes) and go in the draw for your chance to win an iPad Mini*.  The survey closes midnight Sunday 24 June 2018.

 

Join our mailing list  

Stay up to date with our ongoing work around community energy projects. Sign up here.

 

Want to know more?  

You can learn more about community energy by watching the Coalition for Community Energy webinar series or exploring the Embark wiki.

For further information about Resilient Hills & Coasts click here.

Make sure you’ve joined our mailing list  to hear about results from this research.

 

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Kangaroo Island Council |43 Dauncey St (PO Box 121) KINGSCOTE SA 5223
Phone: 08 8553 4500 | Fax: 08 8553 2885 | Email: kicouncil@kicouncil.sa.gov.au
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