Ergon recognised as Innovator of the Year for its response to climate change

Published: 2 Nov 2015 3:22pm

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Ergon Energy’s strategy and leadership in climate response has earned Business Innovator of the Year honours at the 2015 Climate Alliance Business Leadership Awards in Melbourne.

Chief Executive Ian McLeod said Ergon included that objective in its strategic plan in 2007-08, so achieving an award recognising leadership by Australian organisations in tackling opportunities and risks arising from climate change showed the business was on track.

Mr McLeod said Ergon’s submission highlighted the progress towards its long-term strategy of creating an open access platform for renewable and distributed energy, as well as innovations already successfully implemented.

These include:

  • Enabling roof top solar to around 25% (110,000) stand-alone residential properties.
  • Leading the deployment of battery storage systems to reduce energy losses and improve utilisation of solar systems.
  • Electric vehicle trials and support for their uptake through adoption and staff offers.
  • Adopting demand management programs that have achieved the equivalent of removing a city of the size of Rockhampton from the grid at peak times.
  • Reducing reliance on diesel-powered generation for isolated communities.
  • Reducing operational costs and environmental impacts – especially in vegetation management - through the application of the ROAMES spatial technology solutions.
  • Using ROAMES spatial data to improve natural disaster planning, resilience, response and recovery performance.

Mr McLeod said the submission detailed Ergon’s efforts to enable an effective market for renewable energy and other Distributed Energy Resources, meet best-practice environmental management standards, and leverage business imperatives and investment in smart technologies to enhance the collective climate change response.

Ergon’s winning category was for Australian companies developing innovative products or services which provide an effective alternative to “business as usual” and demonstrate benefits to the community.

Looking forward, Ergon Energy is expanding on its credentials and contribution to community and government objectives by encouraging and enabling the efficient connection of large scale renewable projects to its network. Ergon recently approached the market for 150 MW of large scale renewable energy and has received a strong response from the market.

Mr McLeod said there is around 2300MW (close to Ergon’s total peak demand) of inquiry from utility scale solar and wind projects to be connected to Ergon’s network, emphasising the critical and essential role the grid will play in achieving Australia’s carbon reduction and renewable energy targets.

Ergon has also engaged with stakeholders through a number of open innovation forums to share knowledge and model disaster scenarios using new technology with the objective of reducing the economic impact of natural disasters.

The Climate Alliance press release is available online.

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2015 Ergon Energy Innovator Exporter Climate Alliance Award submission.pdf

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Climate Alliance Business Leadership Awards in Melbourne recently. Community Strategy Advisor Julie Heath – pictured here with keynote speaker Dr John Hewson
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