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Wind Farm

In July 2010 the Hobart City Council commissioned a report from Environ Australia Pty Ltd to investigate the feasibility of a local government owned wind farm.  The brief for the project can be downloaded here: wind farm project brief.

The final consultants' report has been completed. The Council resolved at its meeting of 14th June 2011 that the document be released, along with the committee report from the Director of Development and Environmental Service on what the next steps should be.

Copies of the report # consultants' report - investigation of the feasibility of a local government owned wind farm - were sent to those councils in the State registering an interest in the project from the outset. . 

The Council requested feedback from them, in particular some indication of the nature of any contribution (financial and other) that they might be willing to make to the progression of the ideal of a 'local government owned wind farm'.

At its meeting of 16th July 2012 a report incorporating the feedback from other Councils was considered by Council. It resolved that.

‘A letter, together with a copy of the report attached to item 7 of the Open Development and Environmental Services Committee agenda of 9 July 2012, be forwarded to all relevant councils and the Southern Tasmanian Councils’ Authority advising that the Council does not intend to pursue the question of a Hobart City Council or joint councils owned wind farm, at this time.’

Since that resolution, and as directed by Council, work has been commenced on an Energy Savings Action Plan for its operations and is expected to be submitted for formal approval by the Council  in the coming months.  In the meantime, energy efficiency projects have continued to be implemented, including:

  • Upgrade to LED lighting of the CBD street lights and lighting in several of the City’s buildings
  • Upgrades to heating and/or hot water systems in more than a dozen buildings and sporting facilities
  • Purchase of energy efficient and alternative fuelled vehicles including five CNG trucks, three diesel hybrid trucks and an plug in hybrid electric vehicle

In the past five years the Council’s energy consumption has been reduced by 17% and this has been achieved broadly across Council’s operations with an average 16% reduction in electricity use in buildings and an 18% reduction in fuel used by the Council’s plant and vehicles. This reduction in energy has also resulted in a lowering of greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to about 1,500 tonnes CO2-e per year.

It is expected that the Council will achieve its 30% energy use reduction target from 2010 usage by 2020.

#Attention is drawn to the important disclaimer provided by the consultants on the fly cover of their report.


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