Tagged With electricity

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Traditional electricity generation has been built around large plants that create large volumes of power that are distributed over transmission and distribution networks to consumers. Even most of the large renewable generation assets work in the same way, although they use sustainable sources like the sun or wind rather that carbon-based sources that leave us with emissions and other problems.

The idea of a Virtual Power Plant changes that. Elon Musk and the Premier of South Australia are redefining the nature of power generation and distribution.

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Every month or quarter a bill comes in from your electricity retailer. While some of that bill can be directly attributable to the volume of electrons that flow into your gadgets, household appliances, lights and other energy-eating devices, a good portion of it has nothing to do with your electricity consumption.

As well as electrons, that bill needs to pay for the infrastructure, meter readers, data management and other bits and pieces that make the power system work. Here's where the money goes.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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On Christmas Day in Australia, fewer people are at their paid employment and more working premises are closed than on any other day in the year. How does this affect demand for electricity, widely seen as fundamentally associated with economic activity?

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You may have heard about Australian Chief Scientist Alan Finkel's review into Australia's electricity network. You may also have read about its implications on the industry or the environment, but you're probably still wondering -- what will it mean for you and your electricity bill? Read on to find out everything you need to know about the Finkel review's blueprint for Australian electricity.

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A key question amid the consternation over the current state of Australia’s east coast energy market has been how much renewable energy capacity to build, and how fast. But help could be at hand from a surprising source: electric vehicles.

By electrifying our motoring, we would boost demand for renewable energy from the grid, while smoothing out some of the destabilising effects that the recent boom in household solar has had on our energy networks.

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As we move into colder weather and the heaters come on, more households are at risk of 'bill shock' from their electricity bills. To counter this, Melbourne-based power company Sumo Power has introduced an 'unlimited' energy contract, or so to speak, providing as much energy as your household needs for one fixed price.

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Back in May, 2015, we crunched the payback figures for the Powerwall, based on an assumed Australian cost and example electricity prices. Now there are local installed costs available, we have broken out the calculator and gone over the figures. The question is, can the Powerwall give a decent payback time?

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Smart meters have taken us a step closer to "digitising" our power usage and making it easier to monitor just how much electricity we're using. CSIRO however is taking the concept further and in conjunction with app developer HabiDapt, is trialling software that will allow you to see the current power consumption of individual household appliances, along with a breakdown of usage costs, with the ability to turn them on and off remotely.

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Origin Energy Limited has been ordered to pay $325,000 in penalties by the Federal Court for flouting Australian consumer law. The company was slugged with the fines for falsely advertising the level of discount customers would receive under one of its energy plans. Tch. Will electricity providers ever learn?

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Think that by signing a fixed-price contract for electricity or gas you'll know what the rate is for the life of the contract? Think again. The market regulator has confirmed that power companies have the right to change the rates charged on a fixed-price contract whenever they like -- even before the deal begins. What a ridiculous joke.

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Blackouts, surges and brownouts can all wreak havoc on your electronics. A solid battery backup/uninterruptible power supply (UPS) will keep your gear safe from surges, condition the power as it comes in, and ensure your machine keeps running until you can turn it off safely in case of a power outage. This week, we're looking at five of the best, based on your nominations.