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Australian Electricity Demand in May 2020

Last month we showed some analysis that indicated that the impact of Covid-19 on electricity demand in Australia was not as great as many other countries. Demand was down by 3% across Australia but factors such as the weather and increased roof-top solar may have been greater contributors to this change than the lockdown brought on by Governments reaction to the virus.

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Has Electricity Demand in Australia Reduced Because of COVID-19

As lock-downs have been put in place around the world due to COVID-19, many countries have experienced reductions in their electricity demand. The following graph was widely published showing typical drops in consumption

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Risks of Renewable Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)

With many of my clients being approached about signing up to Renewable Power Purchase Agreements, I thought it would be timely to discuss one of the less talked about risks associated with a Wholesale PPA – the relationship of wholesale prices with output from the project.

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Rod Boyte speaks with Energy Source and Distribution magazine on the potential demise of the NEM

Our GM of Australia, Rod Boyte, gives a stern warning about the demise of the NEM.

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A Higher Emissions Target will Cost More

Even before the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) gets signed off we are already seeing debate around whether a higher emissions target will increase the price of power or not. Some are saying that the price of power would be lower with a higher emissions target. It is difficult to see the logic in their argument.

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Presenting on “Internalising Energy” at VicWater’s Future State of Efficiencies Conference

Last week our Australian GM, Rod Boyte, presented to an audience of Directors and senior managers of Victorian Water Corporations on the increasing importance of energy due to sweeping environmental, social, and business trends, including:

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The Catch 22 of Australia’s Future Electricity Pricing

Most of the electricity debate in recent times has been about security of supply; will the power be available when you want to switch on your air conditioning during a 40 degree day this summer, and subsequent summers? While it’s a good conversation to have

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The Australian Electricity Conundrum

Today we are transitioning to a renewable tomorrow. Renewables, largely being wind and solar, generate when nature provides the source of the power, not when people want it to be there. So unless we have storage (and lots of it) we will not have the power available

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Dr Finkel’s Review of the Security of the National Electricity Market at the Energy Futures Seminar

Smart Power attended this highly informative seminar last night sponsored by the Melbourne Energy Institute and The Grattan Institute.

Dr Alan Finkel provided an overview of the Review while Audrey Zibelman

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Rod Boyte Presents at the 2017 Future State of Electricity Conference

This visionary event organised by VicWater – the peak industry association for water corporations in Victoria – brought together leaders from the new and traditional energy industry to provide their thoughts as to where the electricity industry is heading and how this might impact on the Water industry.

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