• Energy Advisors - Friends or Foes?

    Sep 21, 2016
    Do Energy Consultants and Advisors provide an improved commercial outcome when used to procure electricity and gas energy supply contracts?
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  • CBD Program Tenancy Lighting Assessment Requirements Change

    Sep 14, 2016
    The Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) Program started in 2011 and requires office buildings where more than 2000m² is being sold or leased to declare a NABERS Base Building Rating, plus Tenancy Lighting Assessments (TLAs) for all affected tenancies.
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  • AER Review of Exempt Network Guideline

    Sep 14, 2016
    The AER has commenced its review of the Exempt Network Guideline. Under the National Electricity Rules all network operators must either register with AEMO or obtain an exemption from the AER. The exemption alternative is designed to allow the operators of embedded networks to carry on their business without the need to meet the same regulatory requirements as those placed on large network operators such as Ausgrid, Energex, South Australia Power Networks and CitiPower.
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  • Final Report on the East Coast Gas Review

    Sep 09, 2016
    The Australian Energy Market Commission recently released a package of 15 key recommended reforms to remove roadblocks to faster and more efficient gas trading and access to pipeline transportation along the east coast of Australia.
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  • ASX Media Release: Energy Action delivers 47% Operating NPAT growth and increases Full Year Dividend by 73%

    Aug 24, 2016
    Energy Action's 2016 results show a 47% increase in net profit over last year, with a 6% increase in revenue. Due to these results, the fully franked final full year 2016 dividend to shareholders is up 73% over last year, at a total of 6.32 cents per share compared to the full year 2015 dividend of 3.65 cents.
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  • The Economics of an Investment in Solar Power - part 1

    Aug 04, 2016
    It is now a reality that the cost of generating electricity from the sun can compete with traditional sources of power. Add to this equation the breakthrough advances in battery technology, and sustainable, clean and dependable solar power can increasingly become a practical, cost-effective way to meet the businesses demand for energy. A win-win for Australian businesses, right?
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  • Electricity prices still on the rise

    Aug 04, 2016
    Many customers renewing their electricity contracts are experiencing substantial increases. The majority of this is coming from both the electrical energy price (the price for the electricity itself) and from the price of large scale renewable certificates (a subsidy for wind generators). At the same time, distribution network prices (the cost of delivering the electricity) has fallen and is now expected to be largely flat going forward, which is fortunate as for many customers the network component can make up around half of the total bill. This article looks at some of the reasons behind the price behaviour that we have seen over the last year.
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  • West Australian Electricity Market Review

    Aug 02, 2016
    The West Australian Minister for Energy recently announced the introduction into the WA Parliament a package of legislation to adopt the national regulatory framework in WA. If the Parliament enacts the Bills, it is anticipated that they will achieve Royal Assent in November 2016.
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  • South Australia’s Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES)

    Nov 19, 2015
    The Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) is a South Australian government initiative that requires larger energy providers to help households and businesses save energy. This includes offering energy audits and energy efficiency activities. The REES commenced on 1 January 2015 and will operate to 2020. It builds on the Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme, which operated from 2009 to 2014.
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  • Retail Customer Transfer Process

    Nov 19, 2015
    The Australian Energy Regulator says recent reports by energy retailers show a concerning increase in the number of breaches of the requirement to obtain the explicit informed consent of customers prior to them entering into market retail contracts with a retailer
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  • NSW Energy Savings Scheme Update

    Nov 19, 2015
    Further to our article in last month’s edition of the Energy Market Update, the NSW Government announced on 13 October 2015 changes to significantly expand the Energy Savings Scheme. The scheme, which has provided an incentive to save electricity, will now also provide an incentive to save gas.
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  • NT Gas Pipeline

    Nov 19, 2015
    The $1.1 billion pipeline that will link central Australia's stranded gas fields to customers up and down the nation's east coast is now even closer to reality.
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  • Electricity Statement of Opportunities Update

    Nov 19, 2015
    The Australian Energy Market Operator has published an update to the 2015 Electricity Statement of Opportunities as a result of the recent announcement that Northern Power Station will be withdrawn by 31 March 2016.
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  • Review of Australian Energy Markets

    Nov 18, 2015
    The Review of Governance Arrangements for Australian Energy Markets examining the broad energy market institutional structure as well as the legislative framework that establishes and assigns functions to institutions was completed in October 2015.
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  • AER Ruling on Network Charges

    Nov 02, 2015
    The Australian Energy Regulator has released its final revenue determination for the Queensland and South Australia distribution network businesses and its preliminary revenue determination for the Victorian distribution network businesses.
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  • NSW energy efficiency & savings scheme

    Oct 12, 2015
    A review of the NSW Energy Savings Scheme has been underway by the NSW Government since November 2014 with an Options Paper issued earlier in 2015, and a subsequent Final Statutory Review Report.
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  • Enhanced information for gas pipeline capacity trading

    Oct 12, 2015
    The Australian Energy Market Commission has made a draft rule which would improve the information provided to the east coast gas market via the Natural Gas Services Bulletin Board.
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  • Australian Energy Regulator Exempt Selling guideline revised

    Oct 12, 2015
    Further to our article in last month’s Electricity Market Update, on 25 September 2015, the Australian Energy Regulator published a draft revised version of its Exempt Selling guideline for consultation and accompanying Notice of Draft Instrument.
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  • AEMO takes on role of energy market operator in Western Australia

    Oct 12, 2015
    The Australian Energy Market Operator is set to undertake the role of independent energy market operator and independent power system operator in Western Australia.
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  • Rules for the Safeguard Mechanism released for public consultation

    Sep 16, 2015
    Following on from the March Consultation Paper, the Federal Government on 2 September 2015 released the Exposure Draft of the proposed rules to support the Energy Reduction Fund Safeguard Mechanism.
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