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CHOICE launches energy savings service: Should you sign up?

May 11, 2018
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Consumer advocacy researchers at CHOICE have launched a service which they claim will help to ensure that customers never pay more than they have to for electricity. The program, called CHOICE Transformer, costs about $100 per year but saves their customers $505 on average – possibly much more. Once a customer is signed up, CHOICE […]

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Victorian electricity prices on the rise in 2018

January 31, 2018
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Whilst most Australian’s have been enjoying a break at the end of 2017 and in the first weeks of 2018, Victorian electricity retailers have been busy updating their pricing. It will come as no surprise that electricity prices have gone up. While not quite as dramatic in absolute terms as the 15-20% increase that hit […]

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Is home solar battery storage worth it? (Jan 2018 update)

January 18, 2018
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Since 2015 Australians have been talking about home battery storage being on the cusp of financial viability. Are home batteries worth the investment in 2018? We’ve crunched the number for all of Australia’s capital cities to find out. This article was originally published in February 2017. We then had an August 2017 update, followed by […]

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Happiness is an electricity bill? A coda to 2017 (Solartopia #9)

December 21, 2017
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I never thought I’d find myself chasing up with my electricity company to ask for an electricity bill, but two weeks ago that’s exactly what I was doing. I’d been living in my new house for over three months and still hadn’t heard a peep out of Energy Locals about what I owed them. If […]

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Always know which electricity plan is best for you: WATTever launches Deal Tracker service

December 14, 2017
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Choosing the right electricity retailer & plan is an essential first step in keeping power bills under control. For Australia’s nearly 2 million solar households, the question is arguably even more important because in most states different retailers offer different solar feed-in tariff rates. Unfortunately, higher feed-in tariff rates are sometimes used as ‘bait’ to […]

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What if you sent all of your solar into the grid? Is it worth it?

September 29, 2017
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If you’ve got solar, the way to maximise your electricity bill savings these days is to use your solar energy directly within your home (or business). From an investment point of view, the conventional wisdom is that the worst thing you could do with the solar energy that your roof produces is to send it […]

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Looking beyond solar feed-in tariffs: How to pick an electricity retailer

September 18, 2017
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When solar system owners shop around for an electricity retailer, the first thing they tend to look at is the solar feed-in tariff rate that the retailer offers. The fact is, however, that solar feed-in tariffs are no longer as important as they once were – so what else should solar system owners look for in […]

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Energy blindness: The anxiety of not knowing (Solartopia #3)

September 7, 2017
Electricity bill

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about the ‘Energy Awareness Factor‘ in household energy savings. This was prompted in part by having just moved into a house with solar panels, ducted AC, a dishwasher, time of use billing and hot water on a controlled load – things that will have a significant […]

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Electricity prices to increase in NSW, SA and QLD: Why and what can you do about it?

June 22, 2017
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As you’re likely to have read, there are significant electricity price rises coming into effect from 1 July if you live in New South Wales, Queensland or South Australia. Driven by a doubling of wholesale electricity prices, retailers are being forced to increase their prices to cover their costs of buying electricity in the wholesale electricity […]

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Solar Power in NSW: What are the benefits?

May 1, 2017
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Solar power is still a great investment in NSW even in the absence a feed-in tariff incentive in the state. The fact that solar PV system prices have been declining combined with the fact that retail electricity rates have risen significantly in recent years means that solar panels can now serve as a cost-effective, rooftop […]

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Is a solar lease or solar PPA right for you?

December 12, 2016
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‘Solar leasing’ deals have been the main facilitator of residential solar panel uptake in the United States, with the majority of systems being installed under such arrangements. Although solar leasing schemes have been on offer in Australia for some time now, they have not proven to be an overwhelmingly popular option. Is a solar lease right for […]

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New report exposes myth around Australia’s “cheap energy”

November 15, 2016

Australia’s wholesale electricity prices  have hardly budged in the last few decades, thanks largely to the impact of renewable energy, a new report has shown. The report, the latest of Hugh Saddler’s monthly reports from Pitt & Sherry and The Australia Institute, suggests renewables have acted to help bring down wholesale prices from where they […]

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Electricity price inflation: What it means for going solar

July 19, 2016

Grid electricity prices fluctuate over time – and usually they increase. This has important implications for anyone considering going solar. This article covers the basics of what you need to know about electricity price inflation to help you make a more well-informed decision about going solar. Why do grid electricity prices increase? The retail electricity prices […]

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NSW retail electricity prices face a hike as networks fight to reverse recent cuts

February 29, 2016
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Australia’s retail electricity rates could be on the rise again as networks push back against reductions introduced by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) last year. The cuts were a welcome relief to electricity consumers after years of electricity price inflation due primarily to increases in publicly regulated network infrastructure upgrades, as well as the now […]

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Half of Aussie homes could have solar-plus-batteries by 2025: Climate Council

October 28, 2015
Energy storage uptake

A new report by the Climate Council has predicted that half of all households in Australia will wind up installing solar with battery storage, with the market potentially growing to $24 billion. The report predicts the amount of battery storage capacity installed in Australia will grow 50-fold over the next 10 years, while the global […]

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Federal environment minister: battery storage & off-grid living ‘clearly the future’

October 13, 2015
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Federal environment minister Greg Hunt has repeated his vow to help accelerate the deployment of battery storage in Australia, after describing it as “inevitable” that significant numbers of consumers would leave the grid in coming years. Hunt was asked on ABC TV’s Lateline program on Tuesday – following a segment on a couple in the Blue Mountains […]

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What do homes need to know to take advantage of solar-plus-storage? CSIRO study

July 30, 2015
Cost-reflective electricity pricing: CSIRO

A new report by the CSIRO has flagged the importance of engaging consumers in the transformation of Australia’s electricity market – a shift to distributed energy that is largely being wrought by the unstoppable uptake of solar and storage. The global shift to decentralised and renewables heavy energy systems is likely to see a big […]

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Government’s Energy White Paper focuses on coal, glosses over solar

April 10, 2015
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The Abbott government has again shown its colours on renewables, using its Energy White Paper to describe interventions like the RET and solar feed-in-tariffs as “unintended disruptions” to competitive energy markets. The paper was released by the Coalition government on Wednesday to outline its vision for Australia’s short and long-term energy future. To this end, the […]

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Powershop aims to revolutionise retail electricity with interactive, data-on-demand approach to billing

January 22, 2015
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Powershop, recently featured in an article in the Age, is an online electricity retailer that allows its customers to be active players in the retail electricity market in a way that was previously impossible. By allowing its customers to make simple decisions through a mobile app or their computer, Powershop makes it easy and intuitive for […]

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Australia’s great electricity price swindle: How the networks got away with billions in overinvestment

January 13, 2015
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Last year, Jess Hill of the Monthly published an enlightening but damning report, called Power Corrupts, on the state of the electricity industry in Australia. Her main topic of investigation is whether the sharp electricity price increases of recent years have been due to the carbon tax, Renewable Energy Target and other ‘green schemes’, as their opponents contend. Ms […]

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Uncertainty about RET, already plaguing renewables investment, could also drive up electricity prices for consumers

September 9, 2014
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Electricity prices could jump dramatically if the future of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) is not settled by the next election, according to analysis published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). BNEF’s findings set a de facto deadline for a deal to be reached on the scheme’s fate. Ongoing uncertainty about the scheme is already […]

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Solar grid parity comes to Chile, other countries not far behind

September 9, 2014
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Large-scale solar has reached grid parity with wholesale electricity prices in one South American country, and will soon do so in other countries around the world, a new European study has found. The study, by research firm Eclareon, found that solar PV with single axis tracking was at grid parity in Chile – one of […]

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Solar employs more people than coal industry, and keeps electricity prices down: Australia Institute

July 30, 2014
Solar jobs: Projected

New research has shown that the fast-growing Australian solar industry is both creating jobs and pushing down electricity prices, despite claims to the contrary from power networks and the fossil fuel lobby. A report, released on Monday by The Australia Institute, found that the nation’s solar PV industry now employs 13,300 people, which it says is “far […]

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Colorado net metering fight reveals shifting utility attitudes towards solar

July 29, 2014
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US solar advocacy group the Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), in pointing out position reversal on the part of a Colorado utility towards solar net metering policy, has highlighted the ongoing battle for solar system owners’ rights that is playing out across the country. The utility in question, Xcel, is currently arguing against net metering arrangements […]

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Florida woman evicted for off-grid living, while QLD utilities move to encourage it

June 30, 2014
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A Florida woman was served orders to vacate her own home for not being to connected to water or electricity mains, according to OffTheGridNews. The woman, Ms Robin Speronis, made the decision to live as self-sufficiently as possible off the grid after her husband died, relying on solar panels for her electricity and rain for […]

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ACIL Allen’s RET modelling shows homes & businesses could install 14GW+ of solar by 2040

June 27, 2014
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Australian households will likely invest $30 billion in rooftop solar in the coming decades, assuming the major share of investment in the country’s transition to clean energy. Modelling conducted by consulting firm ACIL Allen for the Abbott government’s review of the Renewable Energy Target, shows that households and businesses will likely install around 14GW of solar […]

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How to get the most out of your solar PV system part 1: System sizing & power usage

June 13, 2014
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Anyone who has done some investigation into having solar panels installed in Australia should by now understand that the whole endeavour only makes economic sense if the home in question ‘self-consumes’ as much of that solar power as possible. Solar feed-in tariff incentives having dried up in every state, the business case for going solar is […]

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Queensland regulated residential electricity prices to increase 13% from 1 July 2014

June 4, 2014
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The average Queensland home on a regulated electricity tariff will see its power bills increase by around 13% for the financially year 2014-2015, or $191 annually, according to the Queensland Competition Authority’s (QCA) final determination on the topic. The increases, which pile on top of a 21% rise last year, will not affect households and businesses […]

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Renewable energy projects to get funding as USAid’s Power Africa initiative kicks into gear

May 29, 2014
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A $7 billion fund through the United States Agency for International Development (USAid) will pave the way for greater deployment of energy projects in Africa, many of which will be renewables. The Power Africa Initiative, launched in June 2013, is bringing together public and private capital in order finance and build approximately 10 gigawatts (GW) […]

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Expose into Australian power prices

April 28, 2014

Australia’s ABC radio recently conducted a detailed research story into who is really to blame for the rising price of power in Australia. The background for the story is the claims by (amongst others) the Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott, that the Carbon Price and the Renewable Energy Target are the main drivers. Jess […]

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Australian households lead the way in solar PV investment

April 22, 2014
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Australian households accounted for nearly two-thirds of total investment in renewables in Australia in 2013, and virtually all of it in 2014, according to research by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The new data, released this week by Pew Charitable Trusts, shows that of a total of $4.4 billion of clean energy investment in Australia in […]

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