Ratepayers to benefit as City finds energy savings

6 June 2017

Ratepayers will save more than $2 million annually with the City today launching the first stage of a major energy savings program.

Mayor Tom Tate launched the new program in Surfers Paradise where energy saving LED street lights will be rolled out in a pilot program to replace existing high energy using street lights. 

“The City’s annual electricity bill is around $28.7 million and without introducing energy saving initiatives such as this, it could increase by about 50 per cent over the next five years,” said Mayor Tom Tate.

“Like all households, we need to do everything we can to minimise that outlay. Council has agreed to a wide-ranging energy saving program that tackles every facet of our energy consumption, and drives home savings for the ratepayer.’

“From August, we will be installing 892 of these high-tech street lights across Surfers Paradise. This program alone will save 50 per cent in electricity consumption annually,’’ Mayor Tate said.

“The initial installation will cost around $1 million but we know that after around six years, the investment will have been achieved and savings will roll on from then.

Queensland Minister for Energy, Mark Bailey said he was delighted to see local government working with Energex to create significant savings for Gold Coasters.

“Working smarter and in partnership across governments and with business is ultimately a win for all Queenslanders and hopefully we can expand this pilot,” Mr Bailey said.

Energy Queensland Chief Operating Officer, which includes Energex and Ergon Energy, Paul Jordon said:

“We’re working closely with the City of Gold Coast to develop new standards, guidelines and policies to allow fast and efficient technology upgrades.”

The LED luminaires street lights will be installed by November 2017. Following Surfers Paradise, the lighting upgrade will be rolled out across the city replacing over 50,000 street lights.

Other highlights of the Energy Saving Program are:

  • installation of solar generation systems to the City’s buildings, such as the solar system recently launched at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre
  • installation of sensors, timers, dimmers and energy efficient lighting technology and operational improvements
  • investigation into broader opportunities for energy generation and mitigation for the City.

The 2017-18 City Budget includes $4.5 million towards the energy saving roll-out. 

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