Strathfield Energy Management Plan 2012-2016
In March 2012, Council adopted its Energy Management Plan 2012-2016. This plan is based on results of energy auditing of Council’s top ten high use facilities. Council followed three steps to produces the plan as follows:
An energy management review was conducted to assess the systems that Strathfield Council has in place for managing energy. The review then recommended energy management actions for future implementation. The review process began late October 2011 and onsite audits were undertaken in November 2011.
Twelve months of service level data and energy bills were analysed and a full account of Councils baseline usage was formed. A technical review and a series of audits across Council’s highest energy using facilities were conducted and Energy Assessment Reports for the top ten sites were produced.
In order to continue Council’s commitment to reducing energy use, a series of initiatives and business cases were developed to assist in the selection of future projects. Council has put in place, a set of principles that govern the selection of projects and recommendations for implementation. Projects and initiatives are assessed against social, economic, environmental, and civic leadership indicators. As such, the potential implementation of recommendations in this plan will be subject to this assessment which is affected by the availability of recourse, the potential for partnerships with external organisations, changes in the demand for community services, environmental changes, the development of new technologies and the price of water.
The Plan identifies a number of additional projects: low cost opportunities as well as requiring higher capital expenditure and longer payback periods.
Over 65% of Council’s energy use is attributed to street lighting. This is an asset that Council has limited control over as an individual organisation. However, Council is making efforts through the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) Street Lighting Improvement Program to reduce this energy use as a concerted effort across member councils. Given that street lighting constitutes such a high portion of Council’s energy use, it is important that opportunities are pursued where possible.