Not all doom and gloom for regional communities

La Trobe University’s Professor John Martin, Director, Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities (CSRC) says it’s not all doom and gloom for country dwellers as electricity prices continue to rise.


dont-push-the-red-button-std‘The costs of electricity across our nation are increasing substantially more than the current cost of living and there are predictions that the carbon tax will add to the cost of coal fired electricity generation,’ said Professor Martin.

‘However, the good news is that communities around Australia are taking action that will at least moderate the impact of rising prices and the likelihood of brown outs in times of peak demand across the grid,’ added Professor Martin

Professor Martin said the investment by communities in local generation means relatively isolated rural communities will benefit greatly from the development of embedded generation, strategies for efficient use of energy, load shifting strategies and other techniques they are adopting to build community resilience.

The CSRC’s third biennial conference on renewable energy will explore current energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies being adopted by rural communities. The confusing web of Australia’s policy and regulatory framework will be untangled during the conference as key issues of investment subsidies, feed-in tariffs and planning decisions are examined.

The Central Victoria Solar City project (part of the Australian Government’s Solar Cities program) and the City of Greater Bendigo have partnered with the CSRC to bring together a who’s who of leaders in renewable energy to speak at the conference.

The conference is on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 November at the Capital Theatre, View Street, Bendigo. Program details are available at Booking enquiries may be directed to the conference manager, Ms Patricia Ibbotson on 03 5444 7859 or email




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