Council going green
By PETER CATON
A LOT of the power at Tweed Shire Council could soon be going green. The council's administrators are today due to consider a report on purchasing so-called green electricity to be produced later this year by Condong sugar mill's cogeneration plant. But the higher price of the "green power" could cost the council an extra $125,000 a year. So council staff have instead recommended the gradual phasing-in of green power "in a cost neutral way" by using financial savings made through energy efficiency. Already the council has seven years of savings set aside. A report to the administrators reveals savings made by energy efficient lighting installed in the Murwillumbah Administration Centre in 2000 have been banked into a special fund at the rate of $2500 a quarter. The fund now has $70,000. The report also outlines some of the council's biggest electricity costs. Those are headed by the Banora Point sewage treatment plant which uses $242,000 of power a year. Other sewerage plants along with the Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads civic centres come high in the list. And even the new Tweed River Art Gallery uses $58,000 of power a year.