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Underwriting New Generation Investments program - Consultation Paper

The Australian Government consulted on the Underwriting New Generation Investments program during October and November 2018. The Honourable Minister for Energy, Angus Taylor, hosted a roundtable in Sydney on Wednesday 7 November 2018, and the Department of Environment and Energy hosted a consultation forum in Melbourne on Friday 9 November 2018.

Energy Reform - The way forward for Australia - Final report

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The Energy Reform Implementation Group (ERIG) was a group established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to review certain elements of the operation of Australia’s energy sector and to suggest further reforms, where there is a case for them, supporting more efficient energy markets.

Energy efficiency improvements - The Chocolate Lily B&B

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The owners of the Chocolate Lily Sustainable Stays B&B in Sedgwick wanted to incorporate as many energy efficiency practices as possible into their property. They significantly reduced their heating, cooling and energy costs by: installing low energy CFLs; installing R3.5 insulation; fitting double glazing windows; using a heat pump to provide hot water; installing a 3.32kW solar PV system; using solar to heat the outdoor pool; and using 100% Green Power for top-ups.

Implications of extreme weather for the NEM

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Sapere has been retained by the Australian Department of Industry (the Department) to prepare a report on the impact of extreme weather events on the National Electricity Market (NEM), to inform the Department’s preparation of a third National Energy Security Assessment (NESA).

Voltage power optimisation - Goulburn and Yarra Valley fruit packing

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When 2 Victorian fruit packing houses (Geoff Thompson’s and Montague’s) conducted energy audits, each found there was high potential for energy savings through the optimisation of voltage power. While the initial investment was between $125,000-285,000, the savings were significant ($54,000-$58,000 a year), and the payback period short – just 2.2 to 5.2 years. 

Energy assessment - Footscray Community Arts Centre

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At the Footscray Community Arts Centre in Footscray, the site includes a heritage listed building and warehouse, and an outdoor amphitheatre and lawn. The site’s annual electricity spend it $27,000 (from an annual usage of 130,000 kWh) plus around $3000 in natural gas cost (from an annual usage of 200,000 MJ). An energy assessment identified this could be reduced by $11,000 per year (39% of annual spend) by implementing the suggested opportunities.