Thinking about starting a microgrid? They’re not all the same

The announcement that ABB and Rolls-Royce have formed a global partnership to develop microgrids is an opportunity to put this topic under the microscope. The Fifth Estate discovers that the potential market is huge but not all microgrids are equal. A microgrid is a small scale, local electric grid that combines power from distributed energy […]

Interactive maps created to help build better electricity network

From Energy Networks Australia: Interactive maps of the Australian electricity grid to support more reliable, cleaner and local energy solutions have been released today in a collaboration between research agencies, government and industy. The Network Opportunity Maps provide detailed information to encourage local renewable energy, battery storage and smart demand management in the Australian electricity […]

Draft nsw solar feed-in tariffs double

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has today released a draft benchmark range for voluntary solar feed-in tariffs for 2017-18 of 11.6 to 14.6 cents per kilowatt hour (c/kWh). Electricity retailers in NSW set their own feed-in tariffs, with IPART providing a benchmark range each year as a guide for retailers and solar customers […]

Finkel review: 20 billion reasons to factor in demand side to future proof energy supply

From the Australian Institute of Architects With submissions to the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market closing last Friday, the Australian Institute of Architects is calling for governments to focus on the demand side of the energy equation, particularly in the built environment sector, as a more immediate and effective pathway to […]