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Bright Futures East Gippsland


East Gippsland Shire Council has undertaken a $3.12 million energy efficiency project after it secured more than $1.8 million in Commonwealth Government Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) funding and contributed $1.3 million. The money was used to cut electricity costs and reduce carbon emissions through the Bright Futures program.  Over the past 6 years over $1.04 million has been saved in energy and maintenance costs, and over 6,600 tonnes of CO2.


Latest technologies are being installed to help create a Bright Future in the region, with electrical infrastructure upgraded to make it more efficient and cost effective. Watch the Lakes Entrance Aquadome summary video.  Stage two of Bright Futures investigated how Council could support renewable energy uptake in the community and has more information on a dedicated Your Say Bright Futures Renewable page.




Council’s carbon footprint has been reduced by over 1,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year while utility costs have been greatly reduced. Projects funded by the CEEP grant include:

  • Installation of energy efficient street lights – 2,629 street lights in residential areas (spanning over 1,360 km of roads) which used 80 watt globes have been swapped to 18 watt LED's.
  • The Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre and Lakes Entrance Aquadome have been big consumers of energy (gas and electricity) but this changed with the installation of a mix of heat recovery equipment, pool blankets, cogeneration, energy-smart lighting and more.
  • Corporate Centre – energy costs have been reduced in the main council office building in Bairnsdale when energy efficient heating and cooling were installed and internal lighting was upgraded to latest LED technology, and a 26kW solar system has been installed saving $3,000 in electricity costs each year.

Check out the live solar monitoring on other council facilities. 


Funding was from the Australian Government as part of the Community Energy Efficiency Program.



Disclaimer: “The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein.”




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