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A Melbourne-based, industry-leading effort to harness and manage Australia’s booming behind-the-meter energy resource has begun in earnest last week, with GreenSync’s Decentralised Energy Exchange, or deX, officially opening for business. 

4/11 - GreenSync’s Decentralised Energy Exchange (deX) officially opening for business

Richard Martin - Sunday, November 04, 2018

After weeks of behind the scenes lobbying by the CEC, common sense has prevailed and the Coalition party room has ignored the ill-considered and unjustified proposal to abolish or change the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES).  

15/8 - Solar SRES Stays Intact

Richard Martin - Wednesday, August 15, 2018

In 2018, 59% of Australians (up five points) say ‘global warming is a serious and pressing problem’ about which ‘we should begin taking steps now even if this involves significant costs’. Almost all Australians (84%, up three points) say ‘the government should focus on renewables, even if this means we may need to invest more in infrastructure to make the system more reliable’. Only 14% say ‘the government should focus on traditional energy sources such as coal and gas, even if this means the environment may suffer to some extent’. 

Lowy Institute Poll - Climate change and renewables

Richard Martin - Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Today, by and large and large the residential and commercial adoption of renewable of energy efficiency technologies is mainly about energy cost reduction.  In the longer term however it can be argued that its about establishing a roadmap towards sustainability... 

20/7 - Cleaning up Our Backyard

Richard Martin - Wednesday, June 20, 2018



Tom Arup, writing for The Age reports:

"Emerging battery technologies that can help households and business better embrace renewable energy will be a focus of the state government's pitch to expand clean power in Victoria. In an interview with Fairfax Media, Energy Minister Lily D'Ambrosio talked up the potential of batteries to transform the way households and businesses produce, use and consume energy. 'That will mean affordable clean energy', Ms D'Ambrosio said. 'And the jobs that come out of that, and the technologies, are going to be significant'. ...

"In households, battery systems can enable power generated by rooftop solar panels to be used later at night, while energy can be stored from the grid during cheaper times for use in more expensive periods. Ms D'Ambrosio said battery storage would be an important focus for the government, which is promising detailed plans by later this year for how Victoria will grab a greater share of the renewable energy industry.

"In a wide ranging interview on how the state government will try to shape Victoria's energy landscape, Ms D'Ambrosio said the ACT had been a 'shining light' on renewables. The ACT is aiming to have 90 per cent of its power come from renewable energy by 2020.

"On Friday the Andrews government called for the Abbott government to reconsider a legislative ban on state governments having their own renewable energy targets so they had more policy options. Ms D'Ambrosio said the ultimate ambition was to increase renewable energy's share of the mix. And she said the renewables industry had huge scope to drive investment and new jobs into the state.

"On other issues Ms D'Ambrosio said:

* Current bonds paid by the coal industry were not sufficient enough to provide confidence that mine management and rehabilitation would occur in line with the expectations of the community.

* Energy generators could not just sit around and hope for government handouts for closure, and companies had to make up their own minds in a private market where their investment should be and the type of energy production they would be a part of.

* Measures to help save energy across the economy were being considered to work alongside a renewed state energy efficiency target.".

Read the full article http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/andrews-government-powering-up-battery-focus-in-energy-plans-20150510-ggybmg.html 

Victorian Government indicates support for 'more affordable clean energy'.

Richard Martin - Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Demand charges are the bane of commercial businesses. Every time you go over the operational band as determined by the network distributor, you push your demand charge up which sets the price for the next 12 months.