Community Energy Retailer (CER)

The North Coast is set to be the home of Australia’s first community-based renewable energy retailer and energy services company, with the call for tenders now open for companies and organisations to prepare a business plan and an application for a retail licence to the Australian Energy Regulator.

To find more: and

For the tender document:

2014 North Coast Energy Forum Launched: REGISTER NOW

forum abnnerOrganisers of this year’s North Coast Energy Forum are pleased to announce the launch of the forum.
Where:  Cabarita Sports Club, Cabarita Rd Bogangar NSW 2488
When:  Monday 27 October
Theme:  ‘Connecting’ – people and projects
This annual event brings together industry, government and community to chart a course to a sustainable energy system for the North Coast, starting with our stationary energy supply: electricity and gas.
NCEF invites you to distribute the forum media release and poster (see articles below) to any interested and interesting people and organisations.
We hope to see you all there for a great opportunity to connect with each other, share knowlege and learn more.

You can register now:

MEDIA RELEASE: Event Details


12 AUGUST 2014

Connecting” is the theme of this year’s North Coast Energy Forum, which will be held on the Tweed Coast on Monday, 27 October.

“With the demise of the carbon price and the threat to Australia’s Renewable Energy Target, communities are banding together to see what they can do to grow renewable energy while also supporting their local and regional economies,” said Forum convenor Mark Byrne. “The time is ripe to make the North Coast a national leader in renewable energy. But to get there we will have to work hard to connect the people, projects and technologies that can make it happen.”

“The North Coast has been near the top nationally in terms of the number of rooftop solar systems installed, but there is so much more we can do. Above all, we have a natural advantage in various forms of bioenergy. Many of the opportunities are relatively small-scale, and connecting projects and selling the energy can be hard work, so we want to focus on solutions.”

“One of the other connections we want to make is with the anti-CSG movement on the North Coast. The concept of ‘social licence’ that was so successful in that campaign might also be applied to bioenergy, so we can work with the community to decide what forms of bioenergy will readily gain community acceptance in this area, and which ones might be problematic.”

Other highlights include the North Coast’s first electric vehicle expo (in the car park at lunchtime), and more detail about plans for this region to host Australia’s first ever community owned and operated electricity retailer. As Mark Byrne explained, “We are hopeful we can establish a home-grown alternative to the big retailers that will help people save energy, support the expansion of renewables, and keep jobs and profits local.”

The forum will make use of the latest in interactive polling technology, using mobile phones to give instantaneous feedback to the group about who is attending and their views.

The event will be fully carbon offset.

As usual, to make the event affordable there is a range of ticket prices, from only $49 inclusive for earlybirds at the community rate (until 25 September).

Find out more: or call Jess on 0438 905 825.

For media comment:

Call Mark Byrne on 0403070442

Tweed Shire Council’s ‘Renewable Energy Think Tank’

tweedtweed_logo_newTweed Shire Council’s ‘Renewable Energy Think Tank’ May 2014 update report.

The Think Tank is made up of a panel of local community and industry
representatives who get together each year to identify ways of increasing the
uptake of renewable energy generation. The update report tracks progress made
to pursue priorities identified at the 2013 Think Tank.
Find out more:
(go to 2013 Renewable Energy Think Tank / Further Information)

World’s first community-owned tidal turbine comes online!

nacelle_turbineDriven by the power of the tide, the turbine will power up to 30 homes, a locally owned ice plant and the Cullivoe Harbour Industrial Estate on North Yell, Shetland.

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Community Energy Congress 2014

Three additional components have been added to the already packed program of events at the first national Community Energy Congress on the 15th – 18th June:

  • Training side events
  • A social networking event
  • A community-industry nexus

Find out more:

Lismores Renewable Future

Workshopping options at the Lismore Council Chambers gathering.

Workshopping options at the Lismore Council Chambers gathering.

Lismore set to ‘farm’ its own electricity and become 100% renewable by 2023.
“That is a huge challenge but we are going to give it our best shot.’ said Environmental strategies officer Sharyn Hunnisett.

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Lismore City Councils Community Energy Efficiency Program

logoFeasibility stacks up for Lismore Community Solarfarm.

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Lismore Council’s Community Energy Efficiency Program is holding a Public Information Evening at the Lismore Workers Club next Friday, 6th June from 5:30pm until 6:00pm.

Find out more:

Sustainable House Day 2014

BSC - logo (vector)Design the most sustainable small secondary dwellings or granny flat you can imagine.

Byron Shire Council, with Lismore City Council, are celebrating Sustainable House Day 2014 with a design competition open now until 15 August 2014.

Find out more:


Microhydro Workshop

hydrobanner3The NSW Government is sponsoring a workshop on the strategy for downstream fish passage and mini-hydropower development at existing dams and weirs in NSW.

The workshop will be held in Sydney on 14 April.

For more information please contact Niels Nielsen at