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Whether the weather be hot..How our grid weathers the weather. Whether the weather be hot..How our grid weathers the weather.

Dr Nick Engerer Most of us are used to checking the weather. We have apps on our phones, our favourite websites (windy.com anyone?), updates on the radio and of course our favourite on-air meteorologists (I used to be one and sincerely hope none of you can find the footage!).  Paying attention to the weather conditions…

The energy industry used to be a simple beast The energy industry used to be a simple beast

Vertically-integrated utilities sat in the middle of the system, like benevolent spiders spinning a web out to the last customer looking for a connection; deciding where and when to build generating capacity, deciding how to bridge the distance between generators and loads; keeping the system in balance through the deft application of all of the…

What role will start-ups play in energy future? What role will start-ups play in energy future?

For anyone still wondering whether the energy revolution is real, a trip to Silicon Valley last month would have put that thought to rest. Twelve innovative energy start-ups joined eight leading global utilities to begin a journey to jump-start their company’s future. It was the first of three modules that will be held as part…

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A suburban energy revolution A suburban energy revolution

Since the beginning of electrification Australians have typically drawn electricity in one direction, flowing from large power stations down to end-users  – but the energy revolution taking place in our suburbs with solar power and batteries is allowing household and networks to work together and think creatively about new ways use and share energy. Victorian…

It’s a Unanimous Win as SA Power Networks Provide Battery Solutions for Salisbury It’s a Unanimous Win as SA Power Networks Provide Battery Solutions for Salisbury

A collaborative initiative between South Australia’s electricity distributor SA Power Networks and 100 of its electricity customers in the northern Adelaide suburb of Salisbury is helping develop a blueprint of success for integration of storage solutions in low voltage distribution networks. Salisbury was earmarked by SA Power Networks as ideally placed for Australia’s largest trial…

Yackandandah community spirit burns bright with Mondo Power Yackandandah community spirit burns bright with Mondo Power

Showcasing what energy networks and the community can achieve together, Mondo Power in Victoria has been acknowledged for innovation in consumer engagement for their Australia-first renewable energy initiative in Yackandandah, North East Victoria. The partnership between Mondo, AusNet Services and Totally Renewable Yackandandah is helping the community achieve its goal of powering Yackandandah with 100…

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What do you know about energy in Australia? Here are some big questions answered

Question 1

Which country has seen the largest proportion of homes install rooftop solar panels?

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Australia leads the world in the uptake of grid-connected rooftop solar panels, with over 1.4 million installed on homes.1 Energy networks also play a vital role in connecting large scale renewables to Australian homes.

Did you knowDid you know we are also 11th in the world for wind generation per capita?

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1 Clean Energy Regulator - http://www.cleanenergyregulator.gov.au/RET/Forms-and-resources/Postcode-data-for-small-scale-installations#Installation-numbers-for-smallscale-systems-by-stateterritory

Question 2

Last year, Australia's 1.4 million rooftop solar installations produced how much of our electricity:

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While incredible numbers of Australians are installing rooftop solar, it produced about 3% of our electricity consumption in 2014/15, or 5052 gigawatt-hours.2

Did you knowDid you know that a the amount of solar produced in Australia is enough to support 86,848 households (on average)?

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2 AEMO Consumption Data http://forecasting.aemo.com.au/AnnualConsumption/Operational

Question 3

Australia's electricity grid maintains reliable supply without outages for what proportion of the year? (on average)

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The entire Australian grid provides reliable supply without outages for 99.95% of the year (on average).

Did you knowDid you know major blackouts are usually caused by natural disasters? In January 2013 Cyclone Oswald caused the loss of power to over 250,000 customers in South East Queensland while the worlds biggest blackout took place in India in 2012 and affected over 620 million people, about 9% of the world population.

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How many electric vehicles do you think were sold in Australia by 2015?

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Australia has had relatively low take up of electric vehicles with around 1,900 estimated to have been sold as of 2015. 3 This compares to 275,000 in the USA, 108,000 in Japan, and more than 83,000 in China where 230 million electric bikes have also been sold.

Did you knowDid you know electric vehicles are a potential game changer for Australia's carbon reduction targets and may also be used by homes to sell stored energy back to the grid through "vehicle to grid" charging?

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Question 5

If all of the electricity network connecting Australia's 10 million homes and businesses were joined in a straight line, it would reach:

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Your Grid includes 917,676 kilometres of lines providing the backbone of our economy and our connection to a cleaner energy future.

Did you knowDid you know that the Australian electricity networks could go around the world 22 times or to the moon and back?

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