A Renewables Powered Sydney Achievable

100% of central Sydney’s power, heating and cooling requirements could be supplied by renewable sources according to a draft master plan prepared by the City of Sydney.
The blueprint details how the city’s energy needs could be met by 30% renewable electricity sources and the remainder from gases derived from waste.
“This plan provides an invaluable road map detailing where all the renewable resources exist, how much it costs to harness them and how we can use them to help deliver a 100 per cent clean renewable energy system for Sydney,” said Lord Mayor Clover Moore.
The City’s research identified ample waste resources within a 250 km radius of Sydney CBD to produce enough gas to meet the targets set out in the Master Plan.
Clean Energy Council Chief Executive David Green applauded the City’s initiative and progress to date.
“The City of Sydney has been a pioneer in championing the increased use of cleaner forms of energy such as solar, wind, bioenergy and trigeneration – a very efficient technology that produces power, heating and cooling from the one power source.”
“Local councils are the best equipped of all levels of government to deliver services that directly reflect the wants and needs of the population. Councils such as the City of Sydney are helping harness the enthusiasm of their residents to do things differently,” he said.
Also announced yesterday was an update of an energy efficiency drive by the City of Sydney; which has seen savings of as much as 50 per cent from power and water efficiency retrofits in City buildings.
“These figures show what a major difference can be made by retrofitting buildings. As cities are the greatest emitters of greenhouse gas, we need to make our buildings more energy efficient,” the Lord Mayor said.
The City has set a target to reduce its own energy and water consumption overall by 20 per cent compared to 2006 levels.