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Water industry gathers in Wodonga to talk energy

 27 June 2017

Members of the Australian water industry will gather in Wodonga this week to learn more about how to optimise energy use and the value of renewable energy within the sector.

North East Water will host the two day ‘Water Energy Workshop’ involving around 70 people from across the country.

Executive Operations, John Day said the event is being organised by the Water Services Association of Australia and the Intelligent Water Network.

“The water industry is facing large increases in the cost of energy and it is essential that we minimise the impact to customers”, Mr Day said.

“We’re working together to come up with innovative ideas to help find efficiencies in the treatment of water and sewerage.

“Participants will hear from experts including leading Australian economist Ross Garnaut, as well as industry leaders who have already implemented successful efficiency projects.

“This includes North East Water’s renewable energy trial in Yackandandah where the Corporation plans to take the town’s water treatment plant off-grid by using solar energy and battery storage.

“The workshop is all about sharing ideas to make the sector more efficient when it comes to energy use.

“This will mean rising energy costs will have less impact on our customers and better outcomes for our environment.

“The project will also help North East Water achieve Water for Victoria’s goal of tackling climate change by cutting emissions.”

The workshop will take place on Wednesday and Thursday (28 to 29 June) at North East Water’s regional headquarters on Thomas Mitchell Drive in Wodonga.