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Bright Futures Energy Project


Creating a Bright Future in East Gippsland through energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions.

Bright Futures Renewable Energy

The Bright Futures Renewable Energy project is a council initiative to identify and investigate the opportunities for delivering long-term renewable energy solutions for the region. A dedicated Your Say page has more information and interesting links.  The aim of the project is to increase the use and production of renewable energy in East Gippsland.


A survey for households and businesses had great response.  A summary will be made available once the data has been analysed.  Results will inform the community on the impact of rising electricity prices on residents and businesses, if grid reliability is an issue, and what you think about different renewable technologies.


Bright Futures Renewable Energy Project is funded by the Victorian Government Victorian Climate Change Grants and New Energy Jobs Fund.





Energy Efficiency Projects

East Gippsland Shire Council has secured more than $1.7 million in Commonwealth Government energy efficiency funding. The money is being used to cut energy costs and reduce carbon emissions by 1,000 tonnes each year, through the Bright Futures program. 



Summary brochure


The links below to see what's been completed so far on the Bright Futures projects.


Energy Efficient Street Lighting

Replaced 2,629 residential street lights (spanning over 1,360 km of roads) that used 80 watt globes, with new 18 watt LED fittings to make energy savings of 70%.  This is a photo of the first 18 watt LED street lights being installed in the Shire:



Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre

The Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre (BARC) has installed a mix of heat recovery equipment, pool blankets, cogeneration, energy-smart lighting and more.


Lakes Entrance Aquadome

This indoor heated swimming pool has upgraded its heating and cooling equipment, using a mix of the latest technologies.


Corporate Centre

Energy costs are being reduced in the main council office building in Bairnsdale after energy efficient heating and cooling were installed and internal lighting was upgraded to LED.


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



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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