Households--Energy consumption

Commentary

13 Jul 2018

Australia's consumer watchdog has concluded that rooftop solar incentives have distorted the market unfairly for those who cannot afford solar panels, and has recommended the scheme ends ten years early.

Discussion paper

13 Jul 2018

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.

Report

Retail Electricity Pricing Inquiry - final report
11 Jul 2018

This report finds that there is a serious electricity affordability problem for consumers and businesses. The report sets out 56 recommendations to reset the National Electricity Market, boost competition, reduce costs and improve consumer and business outcomes.

Commentary

4 Jul 2018

Energy justice is a social issue, and by leaving it up to vulnerable people to sort it out for themselves, we as a society risk making it even worse.

Report

4 Jul 2018

Fuel poverty is a fact of life for 2.5 million households across England. At its worst, fuel poverty can contribute to premature winter deaths – around 10,000 deaths in 2016–2017 were related to cold homes.

Report

1 Jul 2018

High electricity prices are here to stay, according to this Grattan Institute report, that calls on politicians to tell Australians the truth about the future of energy costs.

Article

31 May 2018

New research finds that people are willing to pay more for energy efficient housing, making the case for a mandatory national rating system for existing homes.

“Location, location, location” is a time-honoured mantra for pricing property, but research shows buyers and renters are also...

Discussion paper

10 May 2018

The AEMC is calling for public submissions on a rule change request that would make the Australian Energy Regulator responsible for calculating Values of Customer Reliability (VCR). VCRs indicate the value different types of customers place on having reliable electricity supply under different conditions.

Journal article

4 May 2018

The difference between actual and calculated energy is called the ‘energy-performance gap’. Possible explanations for this gap are construction mistakes, improper adjusting of equipment, excessive simplification in simulation models and occupant behaviour. Many researchers and governmental institutions think the occupant is the main cause of...

Report

28 Mar 2018

This research found that behaviourally-informed fact sheets can improve consumers’ engagement with energy plans and increase their confidence in choosing the right energy plan or retailer.

Report

28 Mar 2018

BETA joined forces with the Department of the Environment and Energy and Appliances Online to see if we could encourage consumers to buy more energy‑efficient appliances—helping them to save money.

Research report

1 Feb 2018

Few issues have resonated in Australian public discourse over the past few years like energy prices. Both household and business consumers have suffered the consequences of years of policy inertia, inconsistency and a lack of forward thinking by energy policy makers that have created a...

Report

State of affairs and review of current developments
30 Jan 2018

The power sector will play a crucial role in attaining the European climate targets, which aim to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% by 2030, compared to 1990. Tracking progress in the power sector is hence of utmost importance.

Journal article

1 Dec 2017

Increasingly, there are calls for the owners of photovoltaic (PV) systems to pay additional charges on the basis that they are not contributing their fair share to network revenue. Air conditioners (A/Cs) are even more widespread than distributed PV systems, and their use has increased...

Report

23 Nov 2017

This report is the result of a comparison of the state by state-based analyses undertaken as part of the Tariff-Tracking project, as well as reflections on the public debate on energy market developments and reasons for price increases over the last year.

Report

22 Nov 2017

This report shows increased numbers of electricity disconnections, higher levels of energy debt held by those customers not in a formal hardship program and fewer customers successfully completing hardship programs than in the previous year.

Research report

14 Nov 2017

This report provides evidence regarding potential financial and health implications of electricity pricing and 'price signal' messaging for heat vulnerable households.

Report

Efficiency standards to cut energy bills, reduce pollution and create jobs
28 Sep 2017

This report maps out how minimum efficiency standards for rental homes could tackle a long-standing problem, and create thousands of jobs in trades, services and manufacturing across Victoria.

Report

19 Sep 2017

The NSW energy rebates budget is substantial and the distribution arrangements are complex. The objective of the audit was to assess whether the current design and distribution of energy rebates schemes is effective.

Briefing paper

6 Sep 2017

This briefing argues that one half of the energy currently used in UK housing could be saved by investing in a mix of current technologies.

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