Nikola Tesla dreamed of free electricity; what happened?

Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if electricity was free? Tesla is the well-known trademark of entrepreneur extraordinaire Elon Musk and his electric cars, but what about Tesla, the man? More than 100 years ago, Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) invented alternating current (AC), the polyphase alternating current system, which laid the foundation […]

The real price of energy and its cost to us

Are we really paying the highest energy prices in the world, or are we just consuming more than everyone else?

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 […]

There’s no reason for new homes to include gas, report finds

New homes that go all-electric with solar would save between $9000-$18,000 over 10 years compared with a home that has gas appliances and no solar, according to new research from the Australian Technology Association (ATA).

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 […]

Does demand response really mean warm beer and suffering poor?

Coal-loving commentators have erupted with fuming outrage and wildly inaccurate assertions about demand response following last week’s announcement of the successful projects for ARENA and the Australian Energy Market Operator’s demand response pilot.

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 […]

Global spotlight on South Australia as it leads huge energy storage shake-up

The world’s eyes have been on South Australia and its energy security issues after high profile tweets between the CEOs of Tesla and Atlassian went viral. Now SA premier Jay Weatherill has announced his state will invest $550 million in a bid to increase energy security. The move will include a new $150 million renewable […]

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 […]