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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation

    Climate Council of Australia Ltd



    ARENA Program

    Advancing Renewables Program

  • Start date

    27 August 2018

    End date

    30 November 2021

  • Project Partners
    This DER project was completed on 30 November 2021.


The Cities Power Partnership (CPP) is the largest local government climate program, with 100 councils representing almost 11 million Australians.

Created by the Climate Council, this free national program aims to accelerate the pollution reduction and clean energy successes of Australia’s towns and cities. ARENA support will enable the Climate Council to scale up the program, expanding its membership and increasing program resources.

How the project works

The Cities Power Partnership program brings together local governments from around the country to accelerate Australia’s transition to a renewable energy future. Those who join the partnership pledge to take five key actions across renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport and working together.

To accelerate success, partners gain access to the extensive online knowledge hub, expert briefings, webinars with topic experts and the Power Analytics tool. They are also buddied with two other local councils to knowledge share and receive national and local media opportunities and exposure.

Area of Innovation

Unlike other local government programs, the CPP doesn’t set an emissions reduction target as the only measure of success. Inclusivity has enabled rural and smaller councils to become members.

To accelerate successes, CPP member councils are buddied with each other, a unique arrangement that has seen joint renewable energy projects and knowledge sharing across state lines.

Data collection
Partners have access to the Power Analytics tool, an innovative data collection tool that allows tracking of carbon emissions, energy and financial savings of their projects.


The Cities Power Partnership project explores how shires, towns and cities can shape how land is used and how millions of dollars worth of renewable energy is rolled out. They can influence how new homes and businesses are built, determine the ways in which hundreds of thousands of residents will travel each day and band together to lobby for much needed state and federal policy change.

The CPP works to assist these local trailblazers in transforming the way cities use and generate energy, as this has the potential to deliver 70% of the total emissions reductions needed to stay on track for the two degrees limit set under the Paris Agreement (IEA 2016).

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