• How to detect an anomaly before it becomes a problem

    Mar 09, 2017
    The systems that control the temperature, comfort and air quality in buildings are complex, consisting of thousands of points of data interacting with hundreds of different control algorithms, operating a large numbers of components such as valves, dampers, fans, pumps, boilers and chillers. When any one of these inevitably goes wrong, three things can happen: not much at all (because it’s not immediately important); energy use goes up; or someone gets uncomfortable. So normally the building operator will only find out that something has gone wrong when their energy bill goes haywire or they get a complaint.
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  • Network costs: the devil is in the detail.

    Mar 06, 2017
    Your electricity bill can have 18 lines or more, which highlights the complexity of the electricity sector and, while your energy consumption has a direct impact on the total amount, you have come to accept that some of the costs detailed in your bill are fixed – like network charges – and you can’t do anything about it. Are you right? Not exactly. Once a year, your business gets the chance to lock in substantial savings if they are eligible to switch to a better network tariff.
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  • The economics of an investment in solar power – part 3

    Feb 09, 2017
    In the third and last article in this series, we look to demystify the economic specifics of an investment in solar power. This time, we look at coverage of a solar package and what it means to invest in a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
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  • Future Security of the National Electricity Market

    Feb 06, 2017
    A review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market, chaired by the Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO, has recently been released. A wide-ranging public consultation process will now commence which will provide advice to governments on the potential for a coordinated national reform blueprint.
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  • Development will be required to maintain sufficient gas reserves in WA

    Feb 06, 2017
    The Australian Energy Market Operator’s 2016 Western Australian Gas Statement of Opportunities report released in December 2016 highlights that, assuming the continued development of gas reserves, Western Australia’s domestic gas market is expected to be well supplied over the next 10 years.
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  • Building Tuning Success Stories

    Feb 06, 2017
    Tuning your way to 6 Stars: how a building in Melbourne reached the highly coveted NABERS 6 Stars rating and started saving over $37k per annum through extensive tuning, collaboration and great management. Outcomes cannot be claimed solely by the consultant, as the role of the facilities manager has been, without question, critical to the successes of the tuning process.
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  • The Energy Experts Alliance Announces alfaenergy as its New Member

    Dec 05, 2016
    The Energy Experts, a group of leading international energy management service providers delivering global energy management solutions, today announced that alfaenergy has joined the Alliance. Headquartered in the UK., alfaenergy is a multi-award winning energy consultancy with expertise in Pan-European markets. The company has four international offices, over 100 employees and more than 4,000 clients.
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  • New network service provider registration exemption guideline comes into effect.

    Dec 05, 2016
    New guidelines published by the AER for exempt networks came into effect on 1st December.
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  • Microgrids: here today, more tomorrow – Part 2

    Dec 02, 2016
    This second part of our article on microgrids looks at what the future might hold, how the Australian Energy Market Commission’s (AEMC) Power of Choice Rules (which come into effect in December 2017) may shape the market, and who will ‘own’ embedded networks and the potential revenue streams they bring?
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  • Battery storage – the next game changer?

    Dec 02, 2016
    Battery storage for the consumer market (as an adjunct to solar PV) is becoming increasingly competitive, with prices for these systems having decreased markedly over the last 12 months or so. The price for some units has come down to as low as around $1,000 per kilowatt hour (kWh) fully installed.
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  • Western Australia: National Regulation Delayed

    Dec 02, 2016
    The Western Australian Government’s plan to transfer the regulation of Western Power’s network to the national electricity regulatory framework by late November 2016 allowing Western Power to commence the regulatory process under the national regulatory framework from December 2016, looks unlikely to be achieved.
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  • 2016 Client Briefings – Summary from a Non-Expert

    Nov 14, 2016
    This year I was handed the exciting – yet slightly daunting – task of organising Energy Action’s Client Briefings. Exciting because, while I’m decades away from even coming remotely close to the incredible sea of knowledge that were the presenters, I find the energy industry incredibly fascinating. Current generations always (or nearly always) had the luxury of reliable and extensive energy infrastructure, hence the reason for taking it all for granted.
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  • Urging Australian businesses to act now with impending Hazelwood closure

    Nov 09, 2016
    Hazelwood closure likely to be followed by others as grid is ‘de-carbonised’ | Businesses need to be proactive and act swiftly rather than becoming price takers | Ongoing volatility and higher prices can be mitigated by energy efficiency measures
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  • Going Solar makes sense, but where to start and how to finance it?

    Nov 07, 2016
    The recent spikes we have seen in electricity prices in some states, along with growing concerns about certainty of supply and an overall upward long term pricing trend has now made the installation of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) arrays even more compelling for many businesses. But with the myriad of different products, services and funding models on offer, it is no surprise that many are confused about how and where to start, and more critically, which model will deliver the best financial outcome for their business or organisation.
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  • Concise guide to government & industry programs for energy-efficient businesses

    Nov 07, 2016
    With the large increases in recent energy prices, it’s timely to remind our clients that in addition to, and parallel with, the services provided by Energy Action, there are a range of industry and government programs available to support businesses to understand their energy use and implement energy-efficient practices, systems and technologies.
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  • What’s in a Star?

    Nov 01, 2016
    The NABERS language of stars has become so ubiquitous that most people work regularly with the scheme without actually having a strong appreciation of what the stars actually mean in terms of carbon dioxide emissions. So here is a short primer on the NABERS star scale for office base building ratings. I have based the discussion on the office base building energy rating scale for NSW; the rating scales for other states show identical or very similar behaviours.
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  • AEMO commences consultation on Embedded Network Manager

    Oct 14, 2016
    The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has announced that it will shortly commence consultations over the accreditation of Embedded Network Managers. In December 2017 new rules will come into effect requiring many owners of embedded networks to appoint an Embedded Network Manager.
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  • The Economics of an Investment in Solar Power - part 2

    Oct 12, 2016
    Projections for the solar generation capacity in Australia continue to soar. Large scale grid-side solar farms will continue to offer big jumps in installed capacity that help lower the overall cost of solar hardware relative to other energy generation sources.
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  • Community Energy Efficiency Program a $106.2 million success for 160 participants across Australia

    Oct 12, 2016
    The Federal Government’s Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) has been a great success, with the last of a cumulative total of $106.2 million in grant funding paid to recipients in June 2016. This funding has helped 160 participants to deliver a range of energy efficiency projects across Australia, while also raising awareness about the importance of energy efficiency in the broader community.
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  • Microgrids: here today, more tomorrow – Part 1

    Oct 12, 2016
    Microgrids are well and truly here to stay – the fact that there are over 1,000 precincts now registered as embedded networks across the National Energy Market (NEM) reflects this rapidly growing trend of becoming less reliant on the grid, selling energy back into the grid, or in some cases getting off it altogether.
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