WSROC coordinates the Western Sydney Energy Program which is a collaboration between nine[1] Western Sydney councils.
The program aims to realise energy, cost and emission savings for Western Sydney councils and their communities.

The Western Sydney Energy program will focus on four areas of activity:

Renewable Energy Transformation: Installation of low cost, low emission energy generation and storage

Transport: Transport infrastructure to deliver a low cost and emission future

Supporting Our Community: Helping the community access services to reduce energy costs

Facilities and Precincts: Implementing best practice in energy planning and design for key precincts and facilities.

Whilst additional activities are currently being scoped, some projects that have been or are currently being implemented include:

  • Street light replacement program  Expected savings of $9.5 million and 126,000 tonnes emissions over 20 years (life of the assets)
  • Solar installations Currently ~500kW of solar installed on 13 sites
  • Regional collaboration on a renewable energy Power Purchasing Agreement.

Western Sydney context

Western Sydney faces unique circumstances that impact on the region’s energy footprint. Two key factors are:

Growth: Western Sydney is large and growing. Our infrastructure, economy and community provide both challenges and opportunities relating to energy. 
WSROC and councils see great potential for integrated planning and investments to future-proof the region and increase its resilience.
Western Sydney provides the scale and diversity to pilot innovation. 

Heat: Western Sydney faces serious issues in relation to urban heat.
On hot summer days, energy consumption for cooling can be 100% higher in Western Sydney, compared to the Eastern suburbs.
This places stress on the energy system, increases costs to the community and can lead to critical health issues.

 

[1] Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Cumberland, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Lithgow, Liverpool and Parramatta.