Darebin is one of 46 Victorian Councils to join VECO and pool their electricity needs into one long-term contract with Red Energy which will provide the VECO group with renewable energy generated from wind farms here in Victoria. From 1 July 2021, that renewable energy will be used to power our council-owned infrastructure, like our town halls, sports grounds, community venues, leisure centres and streetlights.
By using renewable energy we’ll be saving 260,000 tonnes of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere – the same as taking 90,000 cars off the road.
The VECO project doesn’t just the benefit the environment – by joining together, each Council will be paying less for their power than if we’d sourced our electricity individually. That means every dollar saved is another dollar that will be put back into providing vital community services and programs that benefit all of us.
Which Councils are signed on?
VECO consists of 46 Councils and include just about every type of local government you can think of. From the smallest, the Borough of Queenscliffe, to the largest, the City of Greater Geelong. There are inner-city councils, regional city councils and rural shires as well. Geographically, they’re spread right across the state from East Gippsland to Mildura, from the Alpine Shire to the Surf Coast.
The 46 VECO Councils are: Alpine Shire Council, Ararat Rural City Council, Ballarat City Council, Banyule City Council, Bass Coast Shire Council, Borough of Queenscliffe, Brimbank City Council, Buloke Shire Council, Cardinia Shire Council, Campaspe Shire Council, Central Goldfields Shire Council, City of Greater Dandenong, City of Greater Geelong, Darebin City Council, East Gippsland Shire Council, Glen Eira City Council, Golden Plains Shire Council, Greater Shepparton City Council, Hepburn Shire Council, Greater Bendigo City Council, Horsham Rural City Council, Indigo Shire Council, Loddon Shire Council, Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Manningham City Council, Maribyrnong City Council, Maroondah City Council, Melton City Council, Mildura Rural City Council, Moira Shire Council, Monash City Council, Moonee Valley City Council, Mount Alexander Shire, Pyrenees Shire Council, South Gippsland Shire Council, Stonnington City Council, Surf Coast Shire Council, Strathbogie Shire Council, Swan Hill Rural City Council, Warrnambool City Council, Wellington Shire Council, Whitehorse City Council, Whittlesea City Council, Wodonga City Council, Wyndham City Council, and Yarra Ranges Shire Council.
Where will the renewable energy come from?
The 46 VECO Councils will be using electricity generated from two Victorian wind farms, Dundonnell Wind Farm which is located near Mortlake, and Murra Warra 2 which is being built near Horsham.
How much renewable energy will the VECO Councils be using?
The 46 VECO Councils have a combined energy need of 240 GWh per year. That’s the equivalent of powering 48,000 homes. Councils will be using the renewable energy to power infrastructure like their town halls, community venues, performing arts centres, sports grounds, leisure centres and streetlights.
What benefits will VECO have for the environment?
By going renewable, VECO Councils will be taking 260,000 tonnes of carbon emissions out of the atmosphere. To put it another way, that’s equivalent of taking 90,000 cars off the road.
Will VECO result in cheaper energy bills for Council?
Yes. We’re unable to divulge specific confidential contract rates, however VECO will save some councils as much as 35 per cent on their electricity bills based on current costs.
Please read the VECO media release for more information.