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MEDIA RELEASE - Glenelg moves towards renewable energy economy

8 October 2018

Glenelg’s Shire’s position as a renewables leader and plans to create a new bioeconomy have been promoted at Australia’s largest clean energy expo.

Council met with global leaders from the energy sector last week at the All-Energy Australia conference at the Melbourne Convention Centre, the largest clean and renewable energy conference in the southern hemisphere.

The event attracted more than 7000 people to hear 180 keynote speakers promote the latest in clean and renewable energy, solar design, energy efficiency, sustainable transport, plus microgrid and off-grid products.

The conference aligned with a neighbouring waste conference further highlighting the latest innovations in recycling and creation of circular economies, an area of focus for council towards reducing its carbon footprint.

Mayor Cr Anita Rank said council was pleased to meet Clean Energy Council CEO Kane Thornton, who praised council’s work, acting as a leader advocating for the attraction of new renewable energy projects.

“Council is focused on the diversification of our local economy and we know renewables and clean energy are an area where we have the capability to value add, using our strengths to further grow as a national and indeed global leader,” she said.

“Kane provided a glowing review of our work in pitching new ideas and promoting our strengths to investors and developers to attract new projects to the region. It was also a pleasure to see State Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio who was pleased to see our council taking a stand to empower the community to invest in renewables, leveraging new opportunities for investment.

“Furthermore Tasmania’s Minister for Energy and Resources Guy Barnett provided a personal invitation to explore his state’s investment in the sector which will see it be completely running on clean energy by 2022.”

Cr Rank said the conference confirmed Portland was well placed to attract future renewables investment, particularly in emerging technologies.

“This conference further reinforced that our shire is strategically advanced, using our assets in wind, ocean and solar, and a major transmission line and interconnector to attract new and emerging industries and innovations to create jobs for our future – the creation of a new bioeconomy,” she said.

“We are on a path to creating this new renewable energy economy meeting the strategic directions of our Portland Futures Plan, capitalising off the strengths of our skilled workforce to be a renewables leader.

“As a shire we can all make steps towards achieving this bioeconomy, by investing in clean and green energy products to lower our carbon footprint and take action on climate change.”

Cr Rank said a focus area of the conference was the creation of hydrogen economies, with emerging new export markets to Asia feeding the need for reliable and affordable power.

“Hydrogen is the fuel of the future with national road maps being developed to create new opportunities to use the fuel as a gas constituent, decarbonising our economies whilst creating thousands of new jobs and export opportunities, fuelling Asia’s thirst for supply,” she said.

“Hydrogen vehicles may soon be appearing in our regional areas, with plans being made for hydrogen heavy vehicles and trailers, and regional fuelling stations which our council is interested in exploring further.”

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