- 500 000
- Clean Energy Transit
5.3 Community Energy Hubs
Establishing two Community Energy Hubs across the region will support the creation of jobs, reduce power costs for businesses and community, and reduce reliance on the national electricity grid.
We are currently experiencing a rapid transformation of the electricity sector driven by decentralization, de-carbonization and digitization. Innovation and disruption is being enabled by new technologies, and new business models are emerging in response to a more actively engaged consumer.
Across the world communities are coming together to respond to fundamental challenges such as climate change, energy access and affordability. They are doing this through creating community owned and community run renewable energy projects. These projects are providing income, employment and energy for regions.
Energy efficiency and adoption of new technology provides local savings and industry development by capacity building through innovation.
Community energy hubs established in two key locations could enable this activity by:
- Supporting and promoting local clean tech industry clustering and innovation to identifying opportunities for energy transition demonstration projects;
- Providing skills and training to business and community
- Providing legal, technical and financial advice and support to communities wanting to explore community-owned energy opportunities;
- Advocating for communities to ensure equitable access to reliable and clean energy; and
- Providing opportunities for partnerships, networking and peer-to-peer support.