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Ironbark frequently contributes reports, information and time to the sector. Over the last decade we have written hundreds of articles, delivered webinars and developed presentations and reports that we have promoted through this website, our newsletter and social media.

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CEEP funding for round 1 was announced on 13th June 2013 and given they had 300 applications the DCCEE has worked hard and done very well to make the announcement within a few weeks of May. Ironbark worked with 25 councils and we’re thrilled that 60% of those were successful, including a mix of buildings and street lighting projects. Here are some tips we've learnt from analysing the winners from this round.

 

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The ICLEI World Congress 2012 has just begun, showcasing local action in making sustainability happen. Around 1000 delegates from around the world are discussing solutions that will chart the way forward for local governments and their partners to a more sustainable and prosperous future. The Oceania contingent comprises of delegates from the City of Mandurah (WA), City of Melbourne (Vic), Hepburn Shire Council (Vic), Gold Coast City Council (Qld), City of Auckland (NZ), City of Dunedin (NZ),...

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As you would no doubt be aware, there are various funding and financing opportunities currently available to assist councils in the transition to energy efficient buildings and street lighting. The Federal Government’s Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) provides councils with access to $200 million in funding for energy efficiency projects and an announcement for round 1 is around the corner.

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Street lighting ownership and maintenance is a very complicated area, which is one of the reasons why Ironbark has been assisting and advising councils in writing, interviewing and even selecting alternative maintenance contractors. Understanding that this was potentially going to be the first of many similar tenders we’ve made a lot of notes along the way. W're not interested in providing street lighting maintenance services ourselves and we can thus provide councils with impartial advice based...

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On 1st May 2012, the $20m Green Light Plan was "realigned" by the Victorian State government. Dozens of councils have been preparing to apply for this funding and some relying on it as a required co-contribution for applications to the Federal Government’s Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP). Given the years of advocacy from councils and local government organisations through the Give Our Streets The Green Light campaign, it is very disappointing. What’s more, it was an election promise...

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The Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission held an inquiry into Feed-in Tariffs and Barriers to Distributed Generation in 2011 and 2012. Ironbark has undertaken extensive research and conducted interviews with industry specialists to determine the best way to increase the uptake of distributed generation. Taking into account best-practice models internationally, we advocated for a feed-in-tariff that was gross (instead of "net") to increase the development of renewable energy, new job...

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The carbon price is a market mechanism that incentivises industry to move away from polluting energy sources to low carbon energy production. For local government the flow on effect is a relatively minor increase in energy costs, unless you have landfill that triggers inclusion into the scheme. When we say a “relatively minor” cost issue, we’re comparing it to the other items that impact on energy price increases. The carbon price impact is often confused or misrepresented by other impacts such...

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When considering which behaviours to target in behaviour change programs, we should given special attention to two factors: no behaviour should be divisible; and each behaviour should be end-state. The importance of each factor is described in this article by behaviour change guru Doug McKenzie-Mohr who has introduced thousands of people to the concept of community-based social marketing (CBSM). CBSM is of interest to any councils working to promote water and energy efficiency, waste reduction,...

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Recent years have seen an explosion of new software options for councils to collate and report on electricity, gas and water consumption. Today, councils can choose from a range of high quality reporting software with great features. But too often, councils procure great reporting software or services, only to find that they are disappointed. Why? Because the best software in the world is worthless unless the data you put into it is accurate, complete and matched to council assets.

 

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