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Environment

Horizon Power's intent is to maximise the value of our economic, social and environmental intergenerational assets in regional Western Australia, through pursuing excellence in our existing business which will be leveraged as a platform for growth. Horizon Power's purpose is to maximise intergenerational asset value, which comprises tangible and intangible assets.

We aim to reduce our environmental footprint and protect the natural and built environment in regional Western Australia.

Environmental benefits at Horizon Power have three major points of focus:

  • Abate emissions - proactively minimise emissions from current and future operations and work towards an emission level which is below the industry standard
  • Sustain the environment - preserve and enrich the ecological areas and heritage in the communities in which we operate
  • Reduce consumption - reduce consumption of materials both internally and externally

Download our environmental policy and the words behind the policy objectives.

Explore this section to learn more about some of the programs and activities Horizon Power has underway.

Go to our Energy Efficiency page for detailed tips about how to save energy in your home.

Horizon Power's carbon management strategy is aimed at preparing the organisation for changes specific to the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency, as well as changes to our natural environment posed by climate change.

As a regional energy provider, Horizon Power faces a number of unique challenges in dealing with these important issues. Among them is the nature of the remote communities we serve that are not connected to our larger networks and the potential effects of a changing climate on these communities.

Horizon Power is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its operations and identifying opportunities in the emerging global carbon market.

For more information about our major projects which incorporate renewable energy into power generation, click here.

For more information about international and domestic efforts to reduce global warming, visit:

In addition, Horizon Power is a liable entity under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 (the NGER Act) and must report its greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and energy production.

For more information on NGER click here.

In 2009 the Australian Government implemented the Renewable Energy Target, designed to ensure 20 per cent of the nation's electricity supply is generated by renewable technologies by 2020.

Ten per cent of Horizon Power's generating capacity is supplied from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydroelectric and we continue to work on ways to expand our renewable energy activities in WA.

Our renewable energy projects include two state-of-the-art solar-diesel power stations in Marble Bar and Nullagine and two solar-diesel power stations being built this year in the remote Aboriginal communities of Kalumburu and Yungngora.

Horizon Power customers can also tap into the growing renewable energy market. Learn about rebates for residents and businesses and about products designed to help reduce power bills.

For more information on the Renewable Energy Target, click here.

Energy efficiency housing refits in Aboriginal communities

Horizon Power has been funded by the Public Utilities Office (PUO) to implement an energy-efficiency housing refit project, known as the Energy Efficiency Program (EEP), in five Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. The project assists customers to use power more efficiently and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Almost 100 homes are receiving refits which include the installation of roof insulation, solar hot water systems, low flow water devices, shading and energy efficient appliances. Education is also delivered to the communities of Yungngora, Ninga Mia, Bondini, Nambi Road and Wongatha.

It follows the successful implementation of the Home Energy Efficiency and Engagement Refit Program last year, also funded by PUO. The program involved engaging with each resident to consider appliance use and their requirements for high energy use items like heating and cooling, refrigeration, hot water and washing clothes and assisting with behavioural changes to reduce consumption.

For more information about energy efficiency measures for residents and businesses visit our Betterways section.

The Public Utilities Office and Federal Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency also have information about a range of energy efficiency initiatives and can link you with suppliers of products and technology in this area.

If you require more information about energy efficiency click here.

Last updated: Thursday, 14 August 2014 4:41 PM