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Australia’s Electricity Sources

Posted by Peter, on March 25, 2013

Although growing, renewables still supply only a small part of Australia’s electricity. The rapid growth in wind and solar is being largely offset by a falling contribution from sugar cane bagasse and wood as fuel sources.  Continue reading »

Report: No Need for “Baseload” Investment

Posted by Peter, on August 9, 2012

The Australian National Energy Market has released a report indicating that there is no need for investment new "baseload" generation capacity for at least four years. This results from a fall in electricity use and slower forecast growth as well as increasing use of renewables. The report highlights publicly-announced proposals for over 13,000 megawatts of […]  Continue reading »

Billions Being Wasted on Network? (And I Don’t Mean the NBN)

Posted by Peter, on June 29, 2012

The current upgrading of the national electricity grid is expected to cost $50 billion over 3 to 4 years – far more than the much-debated National Broadband Network, which is estimated at $36.5 billion. Yet there is very little discussion of the need for that expenditure. The reason for the upgrade is the forecast growth […]  Continue reading »

Desalination Using Waste Heat

Posted by Peter, on April 23, 2012

Scientists at Victoria University have shown the viability of a new desalination technology that uses almost no electricity and has the potential to save huge amounts of water. The membrane distillation technology uses waste heat to evaporate waste water through a fine membrane. The evaporated water condenses on the other side of the membrane as […]  Continue reading »

Govt to Pay Power Stations’ Carbon Tax

Posted by Peter, on April 2, 2012

The Commonwealth Government has announced the amounts of assistance that it will be paying to power staions to help them cope with the carbon price legislation. Australia’s dirtiest  coal-fired power station are the brown coal stations in the La Trobe Valley – Hazelwood, Yallourn and Loy Yang A and B. They emit an estimated total […]  Continue reading »

Experts Predict Solar Parity with Coal This Decade

Posted by Peter, on December 1, 2011

Wu Dacheng, the Vice Chairman and Secretary General of the China Photovoltaic Society, has predicted that, in China, the price of electricity generated by solar PV will reach parity with commercial and industrial supply from coal-fired power plants in 2014. Chinese households pay less for their electricity than commercial users. Wu Dacheng believes that the […]  Continue reading »

NSW to Get Gross Solar Feed-in Tariff

Posted by Peter, on November 10, 2009

The New South Wales government has changed its Solar Bonus Scheme, due to come into effect on 1 January 2010, from a net feed-in tariff model to a gross feed-in tariff. Under the new version, householders who generate solar electricity will receive a premium payment for all of the electricity they generate, including the electricity […]  Continue reading »

World’s First Wireless Smart Grid for Victoria

Posted by Peter, on October 24, 2009

Victorian electricity and gas supplier, SP Ausnet, has announced plans to deploy the world’s first smart grid to run over a wireless 4G broadband (WiMax) network. The program includes the installation of 700,000 smart meters in homes and businesses in Victoria by 2013. GE will provide the WiMax 4G-based meter communications technology for the network, […]  Continue reading »

Energy Australia Grid Getting Smarter

Posted by Peter, on April 1, 2009

Energy Australia has awarded IBM a $3.2 million contract to provide a real-time network monitoring system – the next step in the development of Energy Australia’a "smart grid" intelligent network program. In April, IBM will begin construction of a distribution monitoring and control system for gathering and analysing raw data from 12,000 fibre-optic sensors which […]  Continue reading »

Intelligent Grid Research Program Launched

Posted by Peter, on August 20, 2008

The CSIRO and five Australian Universities yesterday launched the Intelligent Grid Research Program to investigate "technologies and practices to make our electricity networks smart, greener and more efficient". The group’s 3-year research program aims to find ways to develop an electricity network that uses distributed energy resources and advanced communication and control technologies to deliver […]  Continue reading »

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