• 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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  • 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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