Hawkesbury’s renewable energy agreement to deliver lower costs, less emissions

With Renewable Energy Hub’s support, Hawkesbury City Council has taken a major step towards its goal of achieving net-zero emissions, with the signing of a long-term energy contract underpinned by renewable energy.

The 10-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) will reduce the Council’s carbon emissions by about 67,000 tonnes (the equivalent of removing more than 1,000 cars from our roads) and will deliver significant ongoing cost savings on Council’s electricity bills.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury City Council, Councilor Barry Calvert said rising electricity costs are affecting communities and organisations across Australia, including local councils.

“By working with Renewable Energy Hub to secure a new PPA we were able to reduce our costs, while also standing by our commitment to renewable energy.”

Council engaged Renewable Energy Hub to run a competitive tender process to compare renewable and non-renewable energy supply alternatives. Through this process, energy company ENGIE was selected as the preferred supplier, delivering a PPA backed by several solar farms in NSW and integrating it with the Council’s retail supply.

Renewable Energy Hub Managing Director Chris Halliwell explained “We congratulate Hawkesbury Council for taking this initiative to achieve significant carbon reductions. This approach provides a great example of how the transition from a regular retail agreement to one with specific renewable energy project backing can unlock additional savings while retaining much of the familiar functionality of a retailer-billed arrangement”.

ENGIE Executive General Manager of Energy Management, Mr Andrew Hyland, said the PPA was the latest example of ENGIE using its understanding of the wholesale energy market to design solutions for customers transitioning to a zero-carbon future.

“There is a growing number of forward-thinking councils, such as Hawkesbury City Council, who are actively seeking greener energy,” he said.

The Hawkesbury City Council PPA came into effect from January 1, 2020. As the largest council area in Metropolitan Sydney it’s great news that 100 per cent of electricity consumption for its largest facilities and including its streetlighting will be matched against the equivalent volume of energy taken across generation output from the Parkes and Griffith solar farms.

ENGIE’s existing energy portfolio will ensure continuity of a firm and reliable energy supply, even when renewables may not be available.

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