Renewable Energy in the Water Industry

by Water Services Association of Australia

(Business)

A Global Compact member

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The Australian Urban Water industry invested in renewable energy

Project goal

To reduce energy costs and impacts in a carbon-constrained world

delivering on

why is this project important?

As a large user of energy, the water industry is playing its part for a cleaner energy future.

The Australian water sector uses a large amount of energy to deliver water and sewage services. Utilities have and continue to implement renewable energy projects to meet growing energy demands and reduce costs and impacts. Contributions range from small to large-scale and include solar, mini-hydro, biogas generation, cogeneration and wind.

 

Some examples:

  • Sydney Water’s diverse renewable energy portfolio accounts for over 20 per cent of its total energy demand.
  • Melbourne Water’s renewable energy program generates 61,000 Megawatt hours of electricity each year
  • Yarra Valley Water’s waste to energy facility generates biogas and diverts 33,000 tonnes of commercial food waste from landfill each year.
  • SA Water’s Bolivar wastewater treatment plant is 87 per cent energy self-sufficient
  • Queensland Urban Utilities first poo-powered car runs on electricity generated from sewage at the Oxley Creek Sewage Treatment Plant.
  • Water Corporation are offsetting the electricity needs of their Southern Seawater Desalination Plant by purchasing all outputs from the Mumbida Wind Farm and Greenough River Solar Farm.

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