• 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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  • Climate Change Authority Final Report

    Oct 10, 2016
    The Climate Change Authority recently released the third and final report in its Special Review recommending what action Australia should take to deliver on the commitments that flow from the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change Paris conference held in late 2015.
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  • Energy Action recognised with Clean Energy Council Award for Collins Square commercial solar PV project

    Oct 06, 2016
    Project wins 2016 Solar Installation and Design Award in Grid-Connect 15 kW - 100 kW category | Energy Action witnessing growing interest in solar PV in commercial building sector | Solar PV now represents a compelling solution to lower costs and improve energy efficiency
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  • Businesses must address procurement needs as Hazelwood closure speculation causes severe price spikes

    Sep 27, 2016
    We are encouraging businesses to urgently review their energy procurement needs after growing speculation about the imminent closure of Victoria’s Hazelwood power station caused forward electricity prices to surge on Monday.
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  • 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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