Communities take charge of power

A two day-conference on community-owned and driven energy projects kicks off in Bendigo today.

Community-Power-stdThe Community Power Conference will showcase projects that use sun, wind, underground heat and biomass, such as crops and wood waste, to generate energy.

Its focus is on communities taking charge of their energy use.

It will feature projects being developed in small towns and regional centres, largely by community groups.

Some are using sun, wind, underground heat and biomass, such as crops and wood waste, to generate energy.

Others are focused on reducing energy use or increasing energy efficiency. They include bulk-buy programs.

Assistant to the Secretary of the Federal Department of Climate Change and Efficiency, Matt Cahill, will deliver the keynote address when the conference opens at Bendigo’s Capital Theatre at 10am.

He is expected to outline key measures the Federal Government will introduce in the wake of the carbon price being passed in Parliament to support community involvement and leadership in developing a clean energy future.

Conference convenor, Director of La Trobe University’s Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities, Prof John Martin, said the conference was a key way of supporting community groups and encouraging them to share their knowledge and experiences.

The Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities, Central Victoria Solar City (which is part of the Federal Government’s Solar Cities program), and the City of Greater Bendigo are hosting the conference.

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Media contacts

Fiona Webber, Media Advisor to Matt Cahill 0478 170 650

Conference Convenors Prof John Martin 0421 584 313 and Leah Sertori, Project Director, Central Victoria Solar City 0437 334057

To organise interviews with speakers, Genevieve Barlow 0427 762633