Energy efficiency improvements - The Chocolate Lily B&B


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.

Voltage power optimisation - Goulburn and Yarra Valley fruit packing


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


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. 

Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market - Preliminary Report


This Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market Preliminary Report identifies the complex forces driving a rapid transition across the electricity sector. It seeks input on key questions to navigate the transition in line with consumer expectations for a secure and reliable service, at an affordable price, that delivers on our national emissions reduction commitments.

Dr Finkel and the Panel thank respondents for their submissions. The submission period closed on 21 February 2017.

Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market - submissions


The submissions to the Independent Review into the Future of the National Electricity Market published are presented by the Department of the Environment and Energy and the Independent Panel for the purpose of sharing information about the Review. Submissions are now closed.

Australian Energy Update 2016


The Australian Energy Statistics is the authoritative and official source of energy statistics for Australia to support decision making, and help understand how our energy supply and use is changing. It is updated each year and consists of detailed historical energy consumption, production and trade statistics and balances. This edition contains the latest data for 2014–15.