Clean Energy Bundaberg Projects and Initiatives

Council's growing need for a more cost effective, resilient and environmentally conscious future naturally supports a transition to improved energy and resource management. The Clean Energy Bundaberg Strategy sets the direction for delivering new and progressive energy management policies and measuring the resulting benefits in the years to come.

The projects and initiatives below demonstrate Council's commitment toward employing clean energy technologies to build an environmentally conscious, resilient region - with energy and resource management as a top priority.

 

Initiative  Description Energy/Cost Savings 
Transition to Contestable Energy Market Council completed an electricity cost comparison for select sites based on gazetted prices (through Ergon) with the anticipated costs if these sites were transferred to the contestable market. The result of this analysis indicated the opportunity for substantial savings across 23 sites. Subsequent to a formal tender process, all identified sites were transferred to the contestable electricity market, with ERM Power selected as the retail electricity provider. $810,778 (from September 2014 through February 2016)
Cedars Road and University Drive Landfill Gas Flares

Installation of gas flaring systems that converts methane gas to carbon dioxide prior to release into the atmosphere.  

Methane is more efficient at trapping heat than carbon dioxide. The comparative impact of methane on climate change is more than 25 times greater than carbon dioxide over a 100-year period.

Council is also planning future investigations into electricity generation using captured landfill gas at the University Drive landfill.

As at 26 Jan 2016, the Cedars Road gas flare system has processed 3,652,829 cubic meters of landfill gas, which converts to 26,020 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).

This equates to 667,179 tree seedlings grown for 10 years or 5,478 passenger vehicles removed from the road for one year.

Community Energy Efficiency Program

The Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) provided federal funding toward the installation of energy efficient lights, timers and equipment in public infrastructure across the Bundaberg region. Outputs of the program included:

1. Replacement of inefficient air conditioning in the Civic Centre
2. Installation of timers and sensors on 55 toilet blocks
3. Retrofit of 47 lights in streets and parks with LEDs
4. Installation of voltage optimisation units in 6 large buildings

$79,000 p.a.

297,000 kWh p.a.

309 t of CO2 p.a.

Sensor Technology Installation of sensor technology throughout the Bundaberg Airport to more efficiently control lighting and fans in low traffic areas. Approximately $1800 p.a.
Consolidation of Office Equipment Consolidated office equipment across whole of Council (i.e. printers, copiers and scanners). 53% reduction in related power use
Bundaberg Airport Energy Improvements 1. Testing and operational changes to the main air conditioning system:
  • Staged start-up to reduce morning peak demand
  • Optimised the daily operational time
  • Optimised % humidity threshold
  • On temperate days, the heating element has been turned off

2. Collaboration with airport café to stage kitchen equipment to further reduce peak demand

3. Rescheduled the irrigation booster pumps to operate during off-peak hours

4. Optimised hours of operation of main car park lighting

5. Through manual switching, eliminated unnecessary lighting and fan operation in rooms with adequate natural light and air flow (baggage arrivals)

Reduced electricity demand/ consumption and related costs.

These improvements will position the Bundaberg Airport to receive its Airport Carbon Accreditation.

Information Technology - Power Management Policy

Council has recently completed an organisation-wide, standardised rollout of all end user technology equipment (i.e. desktops, laptops and monitors). As part of this standard operating environment, IT has implemented a power management policy, whereby desktop monitors are set to "sleep" mode after 5 minutes of inactivity.  Significantly reduced electricity consumption and related costs.
Temperature and Humidity Control Council has updated out-dated air-conditioning and humidity control systems in the main server room. The previous system has been replaced with temperature/load driven, in-row cooling units that operate much more efficiently and cost-effectively. Reduced electricity consumption and related costs.
Bundaberg Library Building Management System Installed building management system in the Bundaberg Library to better monitor and control air conditioning and manage peak demand. Objective is to reduce electricity demand/consumption and related costs.
Solar Lighting Installed 24 solar lights at the Bundaberg Recreational Precinct and Pioneer Park in Childers. Reduced electricity consumption and related costs.
Recycling of Council Uniforms Council has partnered with Dorcas Place – Anglican Parish of Bundaberg to convert overly worn Council uniforms to rag material, as well as provide a consistent source of rags to Council. This initiative promotes improved resource management and environmental consciousness through recycling and waste minimisation. Furthermore, this initiative provides additional employment opportunities for community residents. Intangible benefits include Council meeting its social and environmental responsibility by recycling overly worn uniforms.

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