Electricity Accounts

All community and recreation facilities are Council assets. As such, Council will maintain ownership and authority of the electricity provision to these facilities (even though the delegated authority is responsible for paying the electricity bills).

Due to the number of facilities under its ownership, Council is able to negotiate discounted rates for electricity and is also able to monitor and analyse electricity usage to ensure clubs and users receive competitve rates and are on electricity retail plans which are appropriate for their usage. Council is also able to monitor and research the electricity market and relevant legislative changes to ensure that facility users receive value for money.

Each electricity account will be listed with Council's ABN and the street address of each facility, however the postal address of all bills will be listed as the Secretary's postal address. It is important that when the Secretary or the postal address of the Secretary changes, that Council is notified immediately using the member contact information online form.

Lake Macquarie City Council (LMCC) signed a new, small sites[1], electricity supply agreement in July of 2022. The new contract; ensures energy security in a fluctuating market, allows us to benefit from onsite solar generation, and enables us to supply 100% renewable energy to our assets.

LMCC creates facilities for community activities which can include anything from sports fields to BBQ’s. While LMCC maintains ownership, some community assets are operated by delegated authorities who are responsible for facility management and costs, including electricity. Ownership of many small sites allows LMCC to negotiate with energy providers and secure competitive energy rates for both delegated authorities and the council, similar to bulk buying goods.

The new contract also creates long term energy security by fixing energy prices until July 2025. As per Kolov’s study, in 2022 NSW saw electricity rate increases as high as 23.7%. Fixing energy rates ensures that asset operators can plan ahead and provides security in a fluctuating energy market.

[1] A small site is an asset which consumes less than 100MWh electricity per annum

We have collated some Frequently Asked Questions about retail electricity for community & recreation facilities.  Please contact us, if you have any further questions.

Page Last Updated: 17 May 2023