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  • “Recently on my train commute back from work I read an email (on my mobile) about the potential to save on my electricity spend. By the time I was home I had switched my electricity provider using my mobile phone and nothing else. No annoying phone calls, only a few clicks and an online chat. If it were not possible to do it in that moment and do it online, I would probably have forgotten about the email.” Mathews George, Energy Action CIO, discusses the rise of the mobile phone and its influence on the energy industry across the globe.

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  • The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has published a consultation paper on smoothing the impact of potential price shocks to customers following completion of court proceedings currently underway between the NSW/ACT networks and the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).

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  • The systems that control the temperature, comfort and air quality in buildings are complex, consisting of thousands of points of data interacting with hundreds of different control algorithms, operating a large numbers of components such as valves, dampers, fans, pumps, boilers and chillers. When any one of these inevitably goes wrong, three things can happen: not much at all (because it’s not immediately important); energy use goes up; or someone gets uncomfortable. So normally the building operator will only find out that something has gone wrong when their energy bill goes haywire or they get a complaint.

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  • Your electricity bill can have 18 lines or more, which highlights the complexity of the electricity sector and, while your energy consumption has a direct impact on the total amount, you have come to accept that some of the costs detailed in your bill are fixed – like network charges – and you can’t do anything about it. Are you right? Not exactly. Once a year, your business gets the chance to lock in substantial savings if they are eligible to switch to a better network tariff.

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  • In the third and last article in this series, we look to demystify the economic specifics of an investment in solar power. This time, we look at coverage of a solar package and what it means to invest in a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

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  • A review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market, chaired by the Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO, has recently been released. A wide-ranging public consultation process will now commence which will provide advice to governments on the potential for a coordinated national reform blueprint.

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  • The Australian Energy Market Operator’s 2016 Western Australian Gas Statement of Opportunities report released in December 2016 highlights that, assuming the continued development of gas reserves, Western Australia’s domestic gas market is expected to be well supplied over the next 10 years.

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  • Tuning your way to 6 Stars: how a building in Melbourne reached the highly coveted NABERS 6 Stars rating and started saving over $37k per annum through extensive tuning, collaboration and great management. Outcomes cannot be claimed solely by the consultant, as the role of the facilities manager has been, without question, critical to the successes of the tuning process.

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  • 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 guidelines published by the AER for exempt networks came into effect on 1st December.

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