Smart Energy

Why evaporative cooling is bad for energy efficient homes

There is a widespread belief that evaporative cooling is a more energy efficient option than a conventional air conditioner - it's completely wrong. Evaporative cooling is a disaster for energy efficient and lower carbon homes.

China beats energy efficiency target

Communist giant slices energy-per-GDP level 4.8% against a 3.9% target.

Firm selected for Horizon Power smart meter rollout

Silver Spring Networks to help WA remote region utility upgrade meter services to 47,000.

Labor’s LPG innovation centre might as well be for horse and carts

Instead, an electric vehicle innovation centre, with a state government incentive, could prepare Australia for an unsubsidised electric car conversion industry.

A building industry scandal regulators want to ignore

Governments are ignoring a review they commissioned which finds homeowners are being ripped-off as the building industry flouts laws aimed at reducing energy bills and improving the energy efficiency of new homes.

Ignore the worst-case scenario, EVs are only getting greener

There has been a lot of focus on a new report which casts some doubt on the climate benefits of electric vehicles, yet its overall message is clear – electric is cleaner than petrol.

Vic Govt commits to VEET scheme

Energy efficiency target to be set at 5.4m for 2015; review mid-year.

Tesla Model S to talk thanks to Telstra

Telstra has signed a deal with electric car maker Tesla that will see it provide machine-to-machine capabilities for the Model S in Australia.

Gas death spiral will not help power utilities

With gas prices spiking upwards a death spiral is likely as household consumers switch over to electric appliances. However there may be no compensating reprieve for utilities through noticeably increased electricity consumption, thanks to a surprising discovery revealed in helping my parents disconnect from gas.

Counting the co-benefits of reducing non-CO2 climate pollutants

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Improving transportation emissions standards, notably around diesel vehicles, will deliver immediate health benefits for our cities as well as contribute significantly in the battle against climate change.

US states pave the way for the electric car's rise

Several states are adding or increasing incentives for electric vehicle charging stations - with the Washington-California route being dubbed the 'West Coast Electric Highway'.

Nobel prize winner: Aust Govt increasing the cost of power

Physics Nobel laureate Steven Chu has said Australian policymakers, by winding back carbon reduction policies, are actually going to make power more expensive. Is he nuts?

Clean Teq in $2.35m capital raising

Enviro services company to accelerate water treatment and metals recovery business.

The networks' plan to protect themselves from competition

The lobby representing power network companies wants these companies to have the power to mandate custom designed tariffs for specific customers. It's dressed up as being about protecting fairness but it creates a real risk of being used to protect them against competition from new technology.

Want to get rid of the gas bill - Here's how

The cost of gas is spiking upwards and electric appliances can heat your home, water and food more cheaply and conveniently. Here's an action plan to abandon gas, save you money and also help the environment to boot.

AGL takes stake in energy 'monitoring and control' firm

Energy utility takes $5m, 19.9% share of energy IT services start-up Greenbox.

Coal plant cuts part of Germany's new emissions push

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Cabinet agrees on plan to close gap on 2020 target; eyes energy efficiency, coal plants caps.

Is this AGL and Origin’s dark and difficult future?

One of the world's largest power utilities, E.ON, has announced it will be offloading its conventional energy business to focus on renewables and distributed energy solutions. It carries ominous signs for Australia's power companies about how technology and policy are transforming energy markets.

New report finds gas is uneconomic at home

A highly detailed report looking at a range of geographic locations, household types and 'gas vs electricity' price relativities finds bad news for gas utilities, with the fuel uneconomic versus efficient electric appliances in a wide range of scenarios.

Half of your gas bill is wasted heat

Government and the public overlook the poor performance of gas as a household energy source – with heat equating to $720 lost to the atmosphere each year.