Water sector signs innovative energy deal

Central Highlands Water will join 12 other leading Victorian water corporations in a new energy partnership that will help to minimise greenhouse gas emissions and maintain affordable water bills for customers.

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 (ZEW).

Purchasing energy as one large organisation compared to separately, means the water corporations will procure energy at a cheaper rate which will translate to maintaining affordable prices for customers.

Paul O'Donohue, Managing Director, Central Highlands Water and Chair of ZEW, said that the Victorian water industry is committed to advancing projects that benefit the environment and create more return on investment for customers.