Deliver a program of energy efficiency measures to reduce peak energy demands across Townsville. This will be done through investigating opportunities to finance a range of sustainable energy and water efficiency measures. Potential measures could include upgrades of commercial buildings across the city, smart water solutions and a cooling district within the CBD. These investments will have potential to catalyse new jobs in smart water solutions, energy efficiency and renewable technologies while reducing energy demand. We will work together to reduce energy consumption.
These projects will improve the quality and comfort of commercial building stock, improve energy resilience, increase trade and investment, and allow Townsville to become a leader in energy efficiency and renewable energies.
Progress to date
In October 2017 Townsville City Council met with Queensland Government officers to discuss opportunities to align the proposed Energy Strategy with existing energy efficiency initiatives and the Queensland Government’s Powering North Queensland Plan.
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has a Townsville presence and has confirmed financing for two major investments in renewable energy in the region — the Kidston Renewable Energy Hub and the Ross River Solar Farm near Townsville.
Nil (no milestones scheduled for delivery until 2018).
Next steps and milestones
Townsville City Council in consultation with relevant stakeholders will develop an energy strategy which will prioritise short, medium and long term measures. Townsville City Council will then commence discussions with partners to look for opportunities to finance a range of sustainable energy projects.
Q2 2018 — Identify energy efficiency priorities with key stakeholders.
Led by Townsville City Council in consultation with the Queensland and Commonwealth Governments (e.g. Clean Energy Finance Corporation).