Tag: DER


Hey Minister, the new electricity market is ‘shovel ready’

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Apr 2020

Hey Minister, the new electricity market is ‘shovel ready’

We shouldn’t hobble the future by looking for solutions based on the past. It’s abundantly clear Covid-19 has changed the economic landscape immensely. As we achieve the nations highest priority, our collective health, we now need to look at solving the second issue, our national economic well-being.  The concept of shovel ready projects to stimulate employment and the economy is a sensible one, but this is 2020, and our economy is not based on manufacturing, roading or unskilled labour. We need to continue the promise offered by new technology to improve our lives and the health of the planet. We need to speed up the implementation of those things we...

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What I learnt at ‘All-Energy Australia’

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Oct 2019

What I learnt at ‘All-Energy Australia’

Last week (23/24 October) I attended All-Energy AU in Melbourne. I’ve been attending this conference for several years, and this year I have to say it was the best one I’ve been too. What helped is that it was twice the size of previous years as they ran the Energy Efficiency Expo in parallel. Plenary sessions plus eight specific conference streams meant a lot of expert information (and opinions) as well as too many excellent presentations missed and all for, wait for it, free. Yes, the registration fee was $0. I should point out that there was also a very large (in NZ terms) exhibition floor with every type of...

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19

Jul 2019

Tomorrows Grid today

PV, batteries & EV’s as IoT devices The following is an abstract submitted for a conference at the end of the year So we put solar on the roof and a battery in the garage and power most of our house for most of the time. Is that all there is? What’s the next step-change and how close is it? We are getting pretty good at optimising Solar PV generation, hot water heating, battery storage and EV charging in the home to maximise the value of the household’s investment. But how can we increase both the financial and social benefit of a household’s or communities expenditure in these distributed energy...

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