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A MELBOURNE CITY COUNCIL INTERNAL ENERGY DEMAND UNIT
 
 

ACHIEVEMENT: Melbourne City Council has established an Energy Demand Unit that has reduced energy wastage in the Council's own operations and then is able to provide advice to constituents and businesses within the Municipality.

TARGET DATE: December 2003 PROGRESS: Mixed.

DESCRIPTION: The Energy Demand Unit was tasked to undertake what is known as demand management. Simply, this is about reducing the waste of energy and money by the unexamined use of electricity. In many cases in business and government, because energy has been seen as cheap and an essential that is 'automatically' paid, the amount of money being wasted through inefficient energy consumption has often gone unnoticed.

I wrote and successfully moved a Notice of Motion in November 1999 requiring the establishment of a Melbourne City Council Energy Demand Unit. $100,000 was allocated in the budget to implement the motion. Discussions were held between myself and the administration confirming the nature of the Energy Demand Unit and how it might best operate.

Despite the Council decision and the unambiguous discussions I had, this was not implemented, money was allocated to consultancies and the $90,000 remainder was returned to next year's budget.

One of the casualties of the privatisation of the Victorian Energy was the lack of emphasis given to demand management. While the Sustainable Energy Authority of Victoria was subsequently tasked to provide advisory services on demand management, my observations were firstly that they were not occurring at the City of Melbourne, and secondly, there was a strong unmet demand for these services in the community.

I proposed that Melbourne City Council establish an Energy Demand Unit that would in its first year of operation concentrate on corporate energy use, thereby providing evidence, experience and component supply lines that could then be employed as a service to the community in the following years.

FURTHER INFORMATION: I intend to formally revisit the failure to implement this decision and seek to gain Council support to have the successful motion acted on by the administration.

 

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23 April 2017: Only those who decline to scramble up the career ladder are interesting as human beings. Nothing is more boring than a man with a career: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918 -1956.

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