Smart Energy

The Powerwall changes everything

Many Australian homes can now go off-grid for not much more than $15,000 with 5kW solar and 14kWh of storage.

ls Tesla's home battery worth it?

With plenty of competition in the electricity market and no immediate means of driving down the price of its “power walls”, Tesla is betting big on charisma.

Australia - the world's laggard on car pollution and efficiency

New data shows how badly Australia lags the world on motor vehicle fuel efficiency and emissions, but guess which Australian customer category buys the most polluting cars?

Teslas are finally here - but best not hook them up to Victoria's grid

The latest shipment to Australia has arrived and the company is building a supercharger network from Melbourne to Brisbane by 2016 - but with more than 50% brown coal electricity, Teslas in Victoria are actually dirtier than efficient diesels.

CEC launches energy storage roadmap

Industry roadmap to analyse growth, work towards standards, lead on regulation.

The energy regulator bows to NSW Government pressure

The AER is out claiming it's cracked down on power network businesses, slashing their proposed expenditures. That might be true for the privately owned SA network, but it looks like they've bowed to pressure from a NSW Government keen to maximise the privatisation price.

Storage giant to push into Europe

AES to expand 1000MW battery pipeline two European grid projects.

You may be travelling less - and that's a good thing

In Australia, per capita surface travel (road, rail and sea travel) has fallen since 2006. We must now focus on accessibility - the ease with which people can reach various activities - rather than vehicular mobility, which is responsible for 22% of global emissions.

Aust super fund wins int'l climate gong

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Future Fund, Telstra Super and Asgard scored poorly on index.

Norway, the land of renewable energy and electric vehicles - backed by oil

Norway is more than 100% renewable and still adding wind, while the Tesla is its best-selling car. Why is it they wisely use their fossil fuels revenues to decouple from fossil fuels yet we feel the need to remain as dependant as possible?

Sitting out the Sydney storm in solar-powered comfort

With a motley collection of emergency equipment - 12V solar panel, lights, wireless modem, inverter - I had the basics up and running in a few hours.

Energy efficiency sector can emerge from the bunker

Victoria has put to bed the doubts about the benefits that flow from its energy efficiency target while a NSW review has given its scheme a clean bill of health.

Senate inquiry predicts utility death spiral, but has no answer

A Senate inquiry into power networks says batteries, solar and energy efficiency are on the verge of driving a death spiral of increasing power prices. But in screaming over whether networks should be punished for past gold plating, they’ve lost sight of the future.

Why cheap oil won’t hold back solar batteries and EVs

If the price of oil dropped to $20 tomorrow, electric cars would still be quietly revving their engines. There are too many positive feedback loops in the whole batteries-EVs-solar equation to quell the momentum now.

Is AGL really leaving the dark side?

The energy giant's new chief is obviously trying to reposition the company's image with its climate policy announced today. While a welcome development, for the most part it’s a bit symbolic or represents business-as-usual behaviour.

Energy demand disconnects from economic growth

Energy efficiency improvements in homes and commercial buildings, in combination with advancements in vehicle fuel economy mean energy demand is increasingly becoming detached from economic and population growth as shown by new US energy agency data.

'Smart building' company eyes $100m IPO

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BuildingIQ manages energy use in commercial buildings.

Getting a clearer picture on battery cost falls

New research published in Nature Climate Change Letters last month pulled more data on battery costs, coming up with an even more optimistic outcome. It's no wonder commercial battery battles are heating up.

ARENA to offer $20m in business R&D grants

Renewables agency seeking 'industry-partnered projects' in 2nd round of funding.

The gas-killing utility is not far away

Gas retailers' customer base is already doomed as electric appliances become cheaper than gas, not to mention safer. But the trend will worsen sharply when an agile retailer can offer households an all-electric conversion, with solar.