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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

Saving energy and money in Coffs Harbour

July 18, 2007

Coffs Harbour (Australia) has reaped higher than anticipated financial savings from the installation of energy efficient street lighting.

The new lighting was expected to save $US 61,000 ($AUS 70,000) per year from Council’s electricity bill over a ten-year period.  Instead, Council is saving $US 87,200 ($AUS 100,000) per year just three years after their installation.  Additionally, energy consumption has dropped by 30 percent.

Coffs Harbour was the first council in Australia to install energy efficient lighting throughout its whole municipality, as part of its local action plan in ICLEI’s CCP Program.

From 1 July 2007 onwards, Coffs Harbour is sourcing 100 percent renewable energy from all its operations as another initiative through the CCP Campaign.

Fossil-fuel based power are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Green power from renewable energy sources emit no or low greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. Green power can include electricity generated exclusively from renewable resources including wind, hydro-electric or solar power – or electricity produced from a combination of fossil and renewable resources. For more information on the generation and use of green power at the local level, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.

Coffs Harbour is one of 95 local governments in Australia that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  Coffs Harbour is an active participant in ICLEi’s Cities for Climate Protection® and Water Campaigns.  For more information on ICLEI and its activities in the Oceania Region, please visit www.iclei.org/oceania.

Source:  “Coffs’ street lighting savings exceed expectations”, ICLEI Oceania Secretariat Newsletter, July 2007.

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