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MEDIA RELEASE - Council investigates biomass power

16 August 2018

Council is investigating the use of clean green power to heat and potentially offset electricity demand to Portland’s civic buildings.

In a further step to position the city as a renewables hub, council is investigating the effectiveness of a biomass system, fuelled by wood chips or green waste, which would provide immediate energy savings and reduce council’s carbon footprint.

Council’s Portland based amenities, which include the main council office building, YMCA, Fawthrop Centre, Arts Centre and Civic Hall, are all heated through a hot water pipeline powered by two gas hot water boilers.

Glenelg Shire Council Mayor Cr Anita Rank said Portland’s geothermal system, which was decommissioned in 2006, provided an integrated pipe network to supply biomass hot water across the civic precinct.

“This is a network which could be fuelled with woodchips or it could be our own green waste providing a reliable power source,” she said.

“Early investigations have shown the use of green waste could cut municipal waste going to landfill by up to 40 per cent, providing further significant savings to council’s waste management.

“This is a carbon neutral and reliable supply which has the potential to provide immediate cost savings to our ratepayers, funds which could be redirected into priority projects to further improve the liveability of our shire.

“The use of biomass is one of many green options available which would complement the town’s wind, solar, and geothermal capacity.”

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