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ERM Power win major contract to make 327 schools more energy efficient

ERM Power has been awarded a major Queensland Government contract to deliver energy efficiency measures in state schools.

The Queensland Government announced today that Brisbane-based ERM Power has been awarded two operational regions – Metropolitan and Darling Downs South West – as part of its $97 million Advancing Clean Energy Schools (ACES) project.

State schools are one of the Queensland Government’s highest energy users. The Queensland Government’s ACES program intends to achieve up to 20% energy cost savings across 872 state schools through solar and energy efficiency measures, and to contribute approximately 35 MW of solar and create up to 300 jobs.

The two regions awarded to ERM Power, one of three partners selected for the overall program, cover 327 schools.

ERM Power Chief Executive Officer Jon Stretch said today the ACES contract built on ERM Power’s proven track record in delivering both electricity contracting and energy solutions to the education sector. The awarding of the contract follows a rigorous competitive tender process run by the Queensland Government.

“We are really delighted to have been chosen to work with the Queensland Department of Education to help deliver this important initiative to state schools throughout Queensland,” Mr Stretch said.

“We are very pleased to have secured the largest region of schools in the Metropolitan region, and to be able to enhance the strong connection we have with the Darling Downs South West community through the gas-fired peaking power station we operate at Oakey.”

ERM Power has exclusive contracts for the Metropolitan and Darling Downs South West regions and has developed a comprehensive rollout plan to fulfil requirements over three years, in partnership with key partners SmartGrid Partners, The Solar Service Guys, and Solgen Energy Group.

As part of the program, ERM Power is also establishing a $100,000 training fund to provide training opportunities to apprentices and trainees, with the intent of creating a legacy that extends beyond the ACES program of a skilled and capable workforce in Queensland.

“This is a significant contract for our Energy Solutions business and aligns very well to ERM Power’s strategy of creating long-term partnerships within sectors that are focussed on a taking a holistic approach to energy management,” Mr Stretch said.

Mr Stretch said ERM Power would continue to invest in its growing Energy Solution business, as part of its strategy to provide integrated, end-to-end energy management to commercial and industrial customers.

“We see significant opportunity in energy productivity for ERM Power, which is focussed squarely on helping customers reduce their cost, consumption and emissions,” he said.

For the past several years, ERM Power has been working alongside the Queensland Government to develop and test pilot programs for energy efficiency in schools, with these helping to prove up the case for the ACES program.

Mr Stretch commended the Queensland Government for investing in long-term energy efficiency solutions that reduced emissions, supported renewable energy targets and helped create savings for the State which in turn could be reinvested in education and other government priorities.

“The education sector can pave the way for other sectors in not only transforming its energy consumption but orchestrating behavioural change that will lead to sustained savings and schools with a lower carbon footprint,” he said.

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For further information

Tracey Palmer
Phone: +61 7 3021 3266
Mobile: +61 438 310 539
Email: tpalmer@ermpower.com.au

About ERM Power

ERM Power is an Australian energy business for business. ERM Power provides large businesses with end to end energy management, from electricity retailing to integrated solutions that improve energy productivity. Market-leading customer satisfaction has fuelled ERM Power’s growth, and today the Company is the second largest electricity provider to commercial businesses and industrials in Australia by loadi. ERM Power also operates 662 megawatts of low emission, gas-fired peaking power stations in Western Australia and Queensland, supporting the industry’s transition to renewables.

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