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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…

Energy Storage – The Silent Hero of Australia’s Energy Crisis Energy Storage – The Silent Hero of Australia’s Energy Crisis

Australia is an attractive market for renewable energy providers with plenty of geographical space and sunshine and a large early adopter population. Combine this with the high cost of traditional energy provided by utilities and increasing grid instability, makes it all the more appealing. Pleasingly, the adoption of renewable energy is contributing to the closure of…

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Wallaby or beehive? Meet the Australian electricity consumer Wallaby or beehive? Meet the Australian electricity consumer

A new report reveals a fascinating mix of attitudes and personalities among household electricity consumers in Australia. Armed with these insights, both governments and the energy industry can better engage consumers in a time of ever-rising energy prices. The research report was released by sustainability agency CitySmart and conducted with research partners Queensland University of…

Bruny retirees love their solar power Bruny retirees love their solar power

Retired public servant John Kobylec believed that installation of a solar system at his Bruny Island retirement home would be prohibitively expensive but after becoming inaugural participants in the Tasmanian island’s new solar/battery trial, John and his partner Jenny Chester are now total converts. “We realised our scant information about solar systems was terribly out…

New trial to provide a ‘bottomless battery’ and decarbonise gas New trial to provide a ‘bottomless battery’ and decarbonise gas

An Australian first “power-to-gas” trial could see excess renewable energy stored in the gas grid and used to decarbonise Australia’s gas supply. Australian Gas Networks (AGN) will partner with AquaHydrex, which will design and build an electrolyser pilot plant in Adelaide’s western suburbs. It will use electricity to split water to produce hydrogen – a…

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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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