City West Water signs innovative water sector deal
From October this year, the water corporations will purchase solar power together from Kiamal Solar Farm in north-west Victoria under a new umbrella organisation called Zero Emissions Water Ltd (ZEW).
Purchasing energy as one large organisation, instead of separately, means the water corporations will procure energy at a cheaper rate, which will translate to reduced operating costs.
City West Water Managing Director, David Ryan, said that the Victorian water industry is committed to advancing projects that benefit the environment and create more return on investment for customers.
“This is a key project that will help us achieve an ambitious target of net zero emissions by 2030, while reducing our energy costs and placing downward pressure on customer bills,” Mr Ryan said.
“We’re proud to have played a key role in this project, from conception to execution, and will continue to play a strong role in water sector collaboration to reduce emissions.”
The deal will allow City West Water to purchase 3.76 Gigawatt hours (GWh) a year of renewable energy which is 30 per cent of its annual energy needs.
Victorian water corporations are leading the way for other water corporations and industries. This deal is the first of its kind in Australia and is a major step forward towards the sector achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
The 13 water corporations that are part of Zero Emissions Water include Barwon Water, Central Highlands Water, City West Water, Coliban Water, East Gippsland Water, Gippsland and Southern Rural Water, Lower Murray Water, South East Water, South Gippsland Water, Wannon Water, Westernport Water, Western Water and Yarra Valley Water.
What else is City West Water doing to reduce emissions?
City West Water has invested in 180 kilowatts (kW) of behind-the-meter solar at our Altona Treatment Plant and is currently purchasing 10 per cent Greenpower through our retail electricity contract.
In addition, we will be installing a micro-hydro turbine in our water supply network over the next 12 months and are scoping a large scale solar project at our West Werribee Salt Reduction Plant.
We continue to invest in energy efficiency initiatives that reduce both our energy costs and emissions.
For more information, see the Zero Emissions Water website.
Also see the Minister for Water’s media release: New deal to reduce emissions and keep water bills affordable.