Smart Energy

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

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

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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

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.

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

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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?

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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

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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

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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.

Back to the future in the 657kW electric shed

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In the suburbs of Newcastle is a shed boasting three of the most cutting edge production electric motorcycles in the world, plus a DeLorean. The array is a reminder of where the world is heading.

Status and power in the family home

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As prestige brands like BMW enter the electric vehicle market, we could see energy self-sufficiency become the ultimate luxury good of the 21st century.

Low oil price won't slow EVs: Ford

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Michigan automaker to continue to promote green technology.

Green building scheme review adds yet more policy uncertainty

The federal government's review of the Commercial Building Disclosure program creates uncertainty about the future of a proven program which has been effective in improving energy efficiency.

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