Origin Energy halts renewable investment due to Federal Government ‘big stick’ proposals

Origin Energy has paused its large-scale renewable investment strategy, citing threatened energy market interventions by the Morrison Government. As reported by the Australian Financial Review, Origin is reacting to a lack of coherent energy policy and threats to control the energy market by divesting energy assets. Origin says this makes it hard for the retailer to […]

Cheapest electric car in Australia: Introducing the Hyundai IONIQ EV

The Australian driving public has a new electric vehicle on the market to review and test drive. Retailing at around $50,000, it’s the cheapest electric car in the country. The Korean made Hyundai IONIQ electric vehicle paves the way for a new generation of comfortable and affordable Australian EVs. According to the respected Motoring magazine, the […]

Report says gas not renewables causing high power prices in South Australia

According to a new report, gas is the cause of high electricity prices in South Australia, not renewable energy. The Victoria Energy Policy Centre produced the report, titled ‘Does renewable electricity generation reduce electricity prices?’ The centre’s research found that the closure of two power stations did lead to wholesale price increases. These amounted to […]

Fremantle residents trade solar energy with blockchain platform

Residents in the Western Australia port city of Fremantle will soon be able to trade solar energy using a blockchain-enabled platform. Around forty households in the WA city will take part in the peer-to-peer clean energy trading RENeW Nexus trial, which was announced in late 2017. Running until June 2019, the trial involves a fixed-use […]

Energy Regulator: electricity distribution networks efficiency cuts bills, Melbourne’s CitiPower is #1

A new Australian Energy Regulator (AER) report indicates that when electricity distribution networks improve productivity, electricity prices go down. The fifth ‘Annual Benchmarking Report on Electricity distribution networks service providers’ shows distributors’ productivity grew 2.7 per cent on average in 2016-17 over the previous year. An improvement in the distributors’ productivity reduces electricity costs to households […]

Tesla virtual power plant adds 1,000 low-income households in South Australia

The second phase of the Tesla virtual power plant (VPP) in South Australia will now network a further one thousand low-income households. Solar panels and Tesla Powerwall 2 solar batteries will be installed free of charge in selected Housing SA properties. Under the scheme, 50,000 low-income houses across the state will eventually deliver 250 MW of solar […]

South Australian battery uptake reduces demand on grid: AEMO

Utility-scale and household batteries are significantly reducing demand on the South Australian grid a new report shows. According to data released by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), Tesla’s world-leading ‘big battery’ and the SA government’s household battery rebate scheme are helping to reduce power prices in the state. The South Australian Home Battery Scheme […]