Australia has just sweltered through the hottest summer on record, putting extreme pressure on the grid and resulting in blackouts in late January.
The performance of a pilot behavioural demand response program this summer shows that Australians are generally willing to turn up their airconditioners by a few degrees during heat waves if it means lower energy bills and a more stable the grid.
The three-day heatwave over large swathes of Australia has sharpened the focus on how our cities can cope with increasingly extreme climate conditions. Commercial buildings are one area offering some hope for grid stabilisation, with technology at the forefront of work to keep temperatures – and energy use – down. News of a three-day heatwave across much of Australia […]
Heatwaves across much of the country this summer have revealed a serious problem with our national housing stock. Stressed electricity networks that can’t guarantee supply have led to politicians advising people not to go home, but to go to the movies instead. The risk is that houses aren’t built to mitigate the health risks of […]