Whitehorse Signs onto VECO

Whitehorse News - July 2021

Whitehorse is one of 46 Victorian Councils to sign on to the Victorian Energy Collaboration (VECO), the largest ever emissions reduction project by local government in Australia.

VECO, led by Darebin City Council in Melbourne’s north, will provide 45 per cent of all Victorian Councils’ electricity requirements with 100 per cent renewables, reducing greenhouse emissions by 260,000 tonnes of C02-e every year.

Provided by Red Energy which is owned by Snowy Hydro, the 240GWh of clean power is equivalent to powering 48,000 homes with renewables or removing the emissions from 90,000 cars every year.

Initiated by and facilitated with the Victorian Greenhouse Alliances, VECO recognises the benefits of renewable energy for the environment and the economy both locally and regionally.

This project will allow Council to source clean renewable energy generated from Victorian wind farms. Cr Trudy Skilbeck said this energy will power six Council and community buildings with 100 per cent renewables commencing 1 July 2021 over a period of 9.5 years.

“VECO is expected to reduce Council’s greenhouse gas emissions by 22 per cent from 2019/20 levels, and supports Council’s continued efforts to reduce its impact on climate change. We could not achieve this outcome in Whitehorse without this collective action,” Cr Skilbeck said.

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