This report provides a clear picture of how market and policy decisions have affected consumer prices for the best part of a decade. It provides the transparency governments need to understand whether price changes proposed by retailers are consistent with changes in underlying costs –...
This draft report sets out the Commission’s emerging thinking and draft recommendations to enable distribution businesses to provide stand-alone power systems to their existing customers where it is economically efficient (for example, in remote locations), while maintaining appropriate consumer protections and service standards.
Over the last ten years, Australia’s electricity supply industry has undergone significant changes. In addition to the deregulation of retail prices, NSW saw a significant rise in network investment during the early and middle parts of that ten-year period. Feed-in tariffs designed to encourage the...
Why is US energy so inexpensive? Why is its electricity more reliable and pricing more transparent than Australia’s? Why are its carbon emissions declining faster relative to Australia? This report seeks to answer those questions, clarifying what’s at stake if Australian policymakers do not change...
Energy Consumers Australia (ECA) is interested in understanding the barriers to the creation of an energy services market for mass market customers in Australia. Such services would include any products that allow consumers to better understand and/or manage their electricity usage and energy costs. These...
ACIL Allen Consulting (ACIL Allen) was engaged by the Energy Consumers Australia to develop a strategic framework to support policy-makers to consider the range of tools and services needed by different Australian households to effectively manage their energy bills.
This report on electricity, gas and water disconnections has found disconnecting people from utilities because they can’t afford to pay their bills hurts families that are already struggling, worsens the hardship experienced by people who are already living with multiple forms of disadvantage, and is...
This analysis investigated the burden of electricity and gas costs for a range of household types in Australia between 2008 and 2018, finding that some of the lowest income households in Australia spend more than 10% of their incomes on spiralling energy costs.
Speakers: Chris Benedict, Gina Bocra - LEED AP, Priscilla Richards
The Energy Code is an increasingly robust tool for improving energy efficiency in our buildings. This session will examine how far the existing code has come and identify the remaining barriers and limits. Speakers...
The purpose of this report is to describe a mixed methods research project aimed at improving our understanding of the experience of energy vulnerable households under changes to electricity tariff structures.
The challenge for Australia’s electricity system is to meet demand during periods of extreme heat. On very hot days, electricity demand is driven to high levels that come close to exceeding the amount of power that the NEM can provide. Rooftop solar produces electricity most...
Modelling in this report shows that Australia can tackle energy affordability and reduce carbon emissions at the same time, but Energy Intensive Trade Exposed Industries (EITEs) must be included.
In general, a household is said to be in energy poverty when its members cannot afford to keep adequately warm. The combination of low incomes, energy prices and inefficient housing leads to energy poverty.
The paper summarises an evaluation of relevant literature. Although the...
This guide is intended to help all Australian property owners cut their energy costs and reduce their emissions, looking at a broad range of technologies — from solar PV and batteries to heat pumps, off-site renewables and demand management systems — and indicating which are...
This presentation was delivered for the conference of Behaviour Change for Energy Efficiency: Opportunities for International Cooperation in the G20 and beyond, Paris.
The Japanese Government launched its first national behavioral insights team named Behavioral Sciences Team (BEST) on the initiative of the Ministry...
About 3 billion people, or 40 percent of the world’s population, will need new housing by 2030. That will require constructing approximately 21 million new homes every year across the world.
The choices of where and how affordable homes are constructed and maintained can...
Despite the historic inaccuracy of electricity demand and price forecasting, even in the absence of significant policy change, once again economic modelling is being used to make forecasts about the impact of changes in energy policy on the long run price of electricity in Australia....
California has the world’s fourth largest greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program, which raises billions of dollars for the state. An innovative project is directing some of that revenue to bringing renewable power and energy efficiency to some of the state’s most disadvantaged communities.
Amid a flurry of reports comes the information we need for real progress — and some sobering data.
This resource outlines how rooftop solar delayed and reduced peak demand in the National Electricity Market (NEM) this summer. This improved the reliability of the grid, covering for coal-fired power plants during breakdowns.