Community Power Agency

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Community Power Agency

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At the Community Power Agency, we believe that local, people-powered clean energy projects will bring lasting benefits to communities across Australia.

We care about achieving a transition to clean energy that benefits everyone, regardless of where you live, or what you earn.

Together we are powerful – and now is the time to act on climate change.

We are dedicated to supporting communities to take the power back and develop and deliver their own clean energy projects. Let’s work together.

CPA offers a range of project consulting services and partners with industry to engage communities and ensure benefits are shared locally.

Workshops & Training
We design and deliver interactive workshops and ongoing training to build knowledge, skills and capacity to support your organisation or renewable energy project.

INNOVATION & Research
CPA develops innovative business models and undertakes research on the various dimensions of community energy to ensure equity and access for all.

Advocacy & POLICY
We engage in sector level advocacy, policy development and analysis that supports the growth of community energy in Australia.

WHAT WE DO & WHY

We believe that local, people-powered clean energy projects will bring social, environmental and economic benefits to communities across Australia.

We believe that involving communities in all scales of renewable energy development will make our electricity system better and enable us to act on climate in the timeframes required.

We believe by collaborating we can remove systemic barriers to community energy and clean energy access.

Our approach

Capacity Building
Supporting and building the capacity of community projects through workshops, training, mentoring, research and resource development.

Innovation
Developing and enabling innovative social-impact business models and practices.

Advocacy
Engaging in sector level advocacy, collaboration and policy development.

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Type of group

Agency

Primary environmental focus

Renewable Energy

Geographic sphere or activity

National

Primary location

3/6 McLennan Avenue, Randwick, NSW, 2031

Known address

University of Technology Sydney, Bldg 10, Lvl 10, 235 Jones St, Ultimo NSW 2007

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History of group

The Community Power Agency was founded when two people, Nicky Ison and Jarra Hicks, decided to take positive action toward a clean energy future.

After years of passionate and dedicated campaigning against a broken and polluting energy system, Jarra and Nicky turned their efforts towards finding a solution to the energy crisis and building a fairer and cleaner system for all.

In 2010, they visited community energy projects of all shapes and sizes in the UK, Europe, North America and India and were inspired by the great things that local communities had achieved. This energised them to help make community energy a reality in Australia.

In 2011 the Community Power Agency was formed. In 2015 it was incorporated as a not-for-profit workers’ cooperative and has grown to a small but high-impact team.

Now with over 2,000 supporters, the story of our success grows with us…

Successes

Bringing together 620 people in Melbourne Town Hall for the Community Energy Congress, including 25 Aboriginal leaders to talk about how we drive a faster and fairer transition to clean energy.
Writing the Homegrown Power Plan and Repower Australia Plan.
Running numerous workshops and speaking at events with communities across the country, including the inaugural events of Totally Renewable Yackandandah, Repower Shoalhaven and most recently Capricorn Coast Community Energy in Yeppoon in Central Queensland
Winning community energy policy commitments particularly from the NSW and Victorian Governments.
Pioneering Solar Gardens and launching the Solar for All Campaign this week.

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