Renewables – Lithgow Environment Group
Seeking to preserve the balance of nature in our region.


CURF Annual Forum - Andrew Blakers keynote

Professor Andrew Blakers ANU, presented at this hearing and he provided evidence that it is achievable now to have 100% renewables with supporting back up power, no blackouts, without any emissions, loss of habitat or minute compared to open cut coal mining/longwall mining, no loss of surface water, no contamination of our waterways, no emissions, no toxic ash repositories etc, habitats stay in tack. Equally he states we could actually supply overseas with electricity as well. This is the game changer and he delivers it beautifully to the committee. His delivery of comments starts on page 54 of this transcript. My eyes where glued for the entire time of his presentation to the committee. Yours will be too.

Renewable Energy Links

Blue Mountains Renewable Energy Co-Op
A volunteer group of Blue Mountains people working together to create community-owned renewable energy projects their unique World Heritage area.

Cities Power Partnership
The Cities Power Partnership is a free national program that exists to celebrate and accelerate the emission reduction and clean energy successes of Australian towns and cities. It’s a coalition of the willing – made up of mayors, councillors and communities who are committed to a sustainable, non-polluting energy future.

CORENA is a not-for-profit group with nation-wide membership. It was incorporated on April 22, 2013, under the name Citizens Own Renewable Energy Network Australia Incorporated. Our ABN is 92 929 665 880. Download our Constitution, Revised July1 2014 . You can also view our 2016-17 annual report (includes financial statement and audit report).

We believe complete financial transparency is vital. View our June 30 2014 financial report . Audit reports are here and here . The 2014-15 audit report and financial statement are included in our 2014-15 annual report here . Ditto for 2015-16 here . All donations to solar projects can be seen in the honour rolls on the project pages, and expenditure on solar projects can be seen in the work details tables under Funded Projects . View website

Renewable energy research

Useful sources of information and research on renewable energy in New South Wales for communities and industry.

Review of the Impact of Wind Farms on Property Values (PDF 2.8MB)
An investigation into the potential impact of wind farm developments on property prices in NSW. This study follows on from the 2009 NSW Valuer-General’s assessment of the impact of wind farms on property values.

Community Attitudes to Renewable Energy in NSW
This report presents the results of a survey conducted in 2014 on community awareness, knowledge and attitudes to renewable energy technologies across NSW.

Community-owned renewable energy: a how to guide (PDF 3.3MB)
A guide to starting a community-owned renewable energy project.

NCC Renewable Energy Report
Our biggest contribution to climate change is how we power our lives and communities. Today 77% of our power comes from coal. But we can change that. This report details that we can #Repower our state with 100% clean energy by 2030. See the findings for yourself. It's 100% doable.

Ethical Switch

The Federal Government has kicked off the year by launching a fresh attack on renewable energy. The Turnbull government is determined to abolish both the renewable energy agency AND the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, making it even harder for the renewable energy sector to compete against subsidised coal-fired electricity.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and NSW Premier Mike Baird say they are committed to a renewable future, but they continue to approve dirty coal mines.

Our government doesn’t have a plan for our clean energy future.
If our politicians won’t provide the leadership we need, we’ll have to create the change we need ourselves. Here’s one easy thing we can all do right now. Electricity production in Australia spews out 600,000 tonnes of carbon pollution every day. Households are responsible for about half of that, so imagine the impact if we switched to a greener power company.

Many of the companies that you and I pay to provide electricity own dirty coal-fired power stations. Sadly, as customers we are propping up these polluting companies.

A few days ago, AGL announced it was pulling out of coal seam gas in NSW – which is a tremendous relief for the communities of Gloucester and Camden where AGL is operating. The decision was a huge victory and shows what can happen if we all band together. We're glad AGL made the right decision this time, but they’re still Australia’s biggest carbon polluter because of the dirty power stations they own.

We’ve spent years campaigning to pressure the government to protect our land, water and climate from dirty coal. Now we’re taking on the companies directly by hitting them where it hurts – their bottom line. Let’s walk with our wallets and get our electricity from ethical sources that don’t pollute the atmosphere and cook the planet.
To make it as easy as possible for you to have an impact, we’ve partnered with Ethical Switch to give you up-to-date, easy-to-understand information about how to switch to a clean energy provider.

Who is Ethical Switch?
Ethical Switch ranks electricity companies on their green credentials, commitment to renewable energy, and their treatment of customers. They do rigorous research to establish the rankings and present the findings to you.

They do this solely to promote renewable energy and a greener, fairer Australia. Profits from Ethical Switch's campaigns are then shared with their partner charities – including us at the Nature Conservation Council – which empowers us to do more to protect nature.

When you switch, Ethical Switch will make a one-off $50 donation to us at the Nature Conservation Council, allowing us to keep pressuring government to move NSW away from coal and coal seam gas, and to invest in renewables.

Together we can keep up the fight for a fairer NSW powered be renewable energy.
Making the switch to 100% renewable energy companies is an important part of the campaign to protect special natural places from coal and gas. Opting for green power is a great way you can help stop these damaging projects.

If common sense and science won’t get our politicians over the line, let’s change the markets under their feet.

It’ll take less than five minutes.

Make the switch today...

Lithgow Community Power Project

We recognise the power of an organised community to shape its future and prosperity, for instance through joint action to reduce transport and energy bills, or through collective purchasing of new technology, or community support for diversification of the local economy.

The Project’s goal is to enhance the living standards and financial well-being of households in the Lithgow region by changing how we use transport and energy technologies to preserve the resources of the local area.

We will support and implement programs that foster economic growth and diversification, through community power and collaboration with government, industry and science.