Tathra’s school hall was packed on Tuesday February 19 for a meeting hosted by CEFE President and Tathra resident Dr Matthew Nott to examine the feasibility and impact of 100% renewable energy for Tathra, the Bega valley and Eden Monaro and to learn how the target could be achieved. Guest speakers included BVSC Mayor Kristie McBain, former Liberal leader Dr John Hewson, Professor Andrew Blakers from ANU’s Centre for Sustainable Energy, and Martin Poole CEO of Epuron, a company that has been instrumental in rolling out wind and solar farms across the country. The tone of the meeting was one of great optimism, with the unstoppable growing competitiveness of renewable energy coupled with people power making the 100% by 2030 entirely achievable. The meeting got a sneak preview of CEFE’s most ambitious ever human sign project – communities across Australia spelling out RENEWABLE ENERGY NOW; MAKE THE SWITCH NOW; 100% RENEWABLES…IMAGINE. The 3 minute video is expected to go viral on social media once it is launched as part of an upcoming ABC Four Corners program. The meeting also heard from a number of the candidates for the upcoming State and Federal elections.
At the conclusion of the meeting a resolution that Tathra adopts the target of 100% Renewable Energy by 2030, and that the Tathra water tower sign be updated with this sign was passed unanimously.
9.30 on Sunday February 24
Sign writer Gavin Martin (who donated his services) and CEFE’s Prue Kelly with the sign completed
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has now published the finding of the NARClim Project
The Regional Climate Modelling (NARClim) Project is a research partnership between NSW and ACT governments and the Climate Change Research Centre at UNSW. The NSW partners include Sydney Water, NSW Department of Transport, NSW Department of Primary Industry and NSW Office of Water
You can download maps from their website
Here is an example of one of the maps
Compared with the two decades 1990-2010, the decades 2020-2040:-
Average annual rainfall in Bega will decrease by between 5 and 10%, with between 10 and 20% more rainfall in Autumn and less in the other seasons.
The number of days on average per year in Bega with temperatures above 35 degrees C will increase by between 1 and 5 days a year.
The average number of days with severe fire danger in Bega per annum will increase by less than 1 day with fewer severe fire danger days in Autumn and more in the other seasons
The average number of days per year in Bega with a minimum temperature below 2 degrees C will decrease by between 10 and 20 days.
If you missed this meeting that was held on Sunday 10 December 2017 at the Bermagui Country Club you can view the presentations click here
The three presentations covered are from
John Walters who spoke on Renewable Energy Options for the Bega Valley
Bill Southwood who described the responses CEFE had received from potential commercial partners and
Jo Lewis who reviewed the options for establishing a community based power company and the prospects for solar gardens.
At the meeting there was also an overview by Bill Caldicott in which he showed how electricity bills are made up and how they can be reduced.
The resolutions passed by those assembled at the conclusion of the presentations are also included.
CEFE President Dr Matthew Nott is presenting at this years Canberra Urban and Regional Futures Annual Forum to be held at ANU on Thursday November 30 on the topic ‘Tathra Community Power’
Professor Andrew Blakers (pictured) will present the keynote ‘100% Renewable Energy Futures’ to open the forum at 9.25 am.
You can download the full program here
If you missed this very informative session you can view the presentations of the speakers here
Karl Edmonson from Reposit on the tools they provide for intelligent management of household energy systems incorporating solar PV and batteries
Harry Chami from Solar Juice for an update on domestic solar PV
Tom Nockolds from the Community Power Agency for an overview of what other communities are doing
John Waters from Ekonomix on large scale solar and battery systems
Tony Pfeiffer on the community owned energy retailer Enova and
John Keeble from Wattwatchers on another approach to improving efficiency and reducing energy spend through monitoring and control