Keith Duncan, Pimlico. An interesting letter from Keith Williams and Ballina Country Labor (Echo, February 28) regarding the ongoing pork barrelling activities by the Nationals Ben Franklin, yes this fellow is like father Christmas, he’s popping down every chimney in... Read More →
Australian Energy Market Operator CEO Audrey Zibelman says Australia will be a world leader in the transition to a smarter and cheaper renewables based-grid, and trying to resist that change is like trying to stop the internet.
Australia’s network operators have joined forces with two leading consumer groups to argue they should be allowed to disconnect remote and regional communities from the main grid, and instead provide them with renewables based micro-grids and stand alone power systems.
The CEO of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has said it is clear that the technologies exist for transition to a renewables-based electricity grid. It is only old rules and regulations that are getting in the way and preventing it from happening.
Power has been restored to customers across the flood-affected areas in the northern rivers, however work continues on the ground with the inspection of customers’ switchboards to ensure electrical safety at all homes and businesses.
Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk has long predicted the imminent end of the fossil fuel era. But it took a couple of tweets between him and another billionaire, Australia’s Mike Cannon-Brookes, on Friday to highlight just how close this is.
The sale of a 50 per cent stake in Australia’s biggest network operator, Ausgrid, to two Australian super fund managers has been hailed in just about all media quarters as a really good deal. But is it really?
Australian energy utility AGL Energy has spent $A28 million snapping up a minority stake in US-based battery storage solutions provider Sunverge as it seeks to accelerate its push into distributed generation and rooftop solar and storage and smart software.
For the first time in living memory, the Liberals and the Nationals in the NSW coalition are offering two opposing policies at a state election. The Libs want to lease 49 per cent of the electricity network, while the Nats oppose any sale or lease of the network in their rural strongholds.
Australia’s most prominent renewable energy journalist has warned that a privatised electricity distribution network, as promised by the Coalition parties if they are returned to government, will need ‘a new business model’ to ensure its survival.
Paul Spooner, Labor Candidate, Ballina Electorate. The Liberal/National Government is spruiking the privatisation of our electricity poles and wires for $20 billion. A figure that is now in serious dispute with the Australian Energy Regulator cutting the value of the NSW electricity network by more than 27 per cent.
The NSW opposition has slammed the state government’s plan to sell a portion of the electricity grid saying it is part of an ideological drive that would privatise the state's hospitals as well.
North coast National Party MPs, who went into a party-room meeting yesterday vociferously opposing a sell-off of the states electricity distribution assets have failed to can the plan but now argue they have achieved a reasonable compromise.
Helen Burns, Byron Bay. A friend from Murwillumbah told me that 'smart' electricity meters are currently being rolled out there. This follows a letter from Origin Energy to customers in our area stating there will be 'no more doorknocking'.
Carbon emissions caused by electricity consumers on the north coast are down for the second year in a row, according to new data from the North Coast Energy Forum.
Power companies are taking solar electricity generated on consumers’ rooftops without paying, according to NSW Greens MP John Kaye.
Jim Nutter, Main Arm. How many houses might have been liberated from the grid if the enormous cost of the fires started by overhead electricity wires were directed to stand-alone solar?