Community Energy is the future - a more sustainable, democratic, localised way of providing energy, where the power really is in the hands of the people.
But there's a problem
Politicians are blowing hot air about renewables again, instead of taking responsibility for ensuring a just transition to the modern, clean energy system we know we need.
What are we doing about it?
We will turn this silly attack on its head by finding potential political champions and taking these key Members of Parliament to see inspirational, operating community energy projects.
Through the Spotlight Community Energy crowdfunding campaign we will demonstrate the tangible benefits of a more localised energy system, a win-win-win model that inspires champions because it just makes sense. That’s what we’ve seen in NSW, where the first-hand experience of MPs like Adam Marshall is driving the Coalition government to increase its support for Community Energy, and renewables more broadly.
But to continue to see community energy grow and be a circuit-breaker in the energy debate, we need your help to create more political champions – and fast.
Picture it now: your local politician announcing a regional energy hub for your area, funded to the tune of a $1million. A small team of staff (perhaps you or your colleagues, even), on hand to provide advice and support. Start up funding to help new community energy projects get off the ground. A network to link you in with others across the nation. Perhaps a shop front.
This is the vision outlined in Smart Energy Communities: a bold campaign to turbo-charge community renewables and other local energy initiatives across Australia. And this is what we want to win from states, territories and the Federal Government.
Or check out the recording of the Campaign Webinar below.
In the webinar Nicky Ison and Lindsay Soutar give an overview of community energy in Australia, talk through the policy asks that make up the Smart Energy Communities Program and introduce the campaign to win big for community energy.
If you're keen to get involved in the Smart Energy Communities Campaign fill out this survey and we will be in touch soon.
Smart Energy Communities builds off the Community Powerhouses policy from the Homegrown Power Plan - check out the full plan here.