Smart Energy

Storage to be rising 240GW a year by 2030: Citi

Bank predicts $400bn market; rapid cost falls in next 7-8 years.

Used EV batteries tapped for grid storage project

Bosch, BMW and Vattenfall Batteries join for project using 100-plus batteries.

Smart homes: consumers favour home security over efficiency

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Market research has found the smart home industry is going to outpace smartphones to 2019. But homeowners are off the mark with their focus on home security ahead of energy efficiency.

CEFC lends $4.4m for Energy Efficient Loans program

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Victorian food suppliers win funds for PV systems, energy efficiency equipment.

Can society be as smart as our cars?

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With the smart car coming of age, our businesses and communities may have to become smarter as well.

Queensland Labor talks bold, promises little on renewable energy

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Labor has released a policy statement boldly titled, A Solar Future. It needs to carry the accompanying line - 'how we'll study it but not implement it'.

Why evaporative cooling is bad for energy efficient homes

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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