Energy has been a hot political issue in Australia for more than a decade. In a country with abundant natural resources energy prices are now among the highest in the world. The high prices produce financial stress on consumers, and drive industry offshore, taking with it jobs and support for local communities. People have had enough. Some have been building financial and physical infrastructure based on new cheap renewable energy to wrench control away from the big energy companies, placing it within local communities. Alison Crook, chair of Enova Community Energy in Byron Bay in northern NSW describes how Enova Community Energy came into being, the forces which drove communities to take on the established energy providers and the challenges they faced along the way. Now this community based company is about to compete against established energy suppliers in all major east coast markets.
Listen to the full interview on Radio National's The Science Show.