Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (2014-16)
The Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP) project was funded through the Australian Government. GV Community Energy engaged 2750 households to assist in reducing their energy use. A range of engagement methods were used, including 1000 Home Energy assessments, 60 Workshops (with over 1000 participants), and surveys with 750 households who had previously been engaged in a Home Energy Assessment or other Renewable Energy project.
Trained Household Energy Assessors (HEAs) assessed current energy use and habits. These assessments, which included a written report with recommendations, helped participants understand energy bills, and GV Community Energy provided ongoing support to improve energy efficiency and savings. Participants were also able to access funding for home energy improvements.
The project was delivered across the municipalities of Greater Shepparton City Council, Rural City of Benalla, Rural City of Wangaratta and the Shires of Moira, Campaspe, Strathbogie, Mitchell and Murrindindi in Northern Victoria.
Tatura Energy Opportunity Study (2014-15)
The Study commenced in August 2014, in response to Tatura’s energy supply being at capacity, and limiting expansion of industry in Tatura. The key aspect of the Study was to assess ways of increasing energy supply to Tatura using renewable sources. One of the key findings of the Study is a substantial projected increase in the demand for electricity of between 30-35 MW over the next five years.
As a result of the report, the Study Group has endorsed GV Community Energy to establish a community-based group, the ‘Tatura Energy Group’, which will initially be under the guidance of GV Community Energy.
The Study identified four key programs:
Alternative Energy and
These programs will create opportunities for our industries, businesses and residents to work together in areas such as reducing power costs, implementing new technologies to use less energy, utilising alternative energy sources such as bio, solar and hydro energy, and converting industry and household waste into other energy sources.
The Study was led by GV Community Energy, and was funded through Regional Development Victoria with local industry partners.