Energy consumption

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Domestic energy use


Policy report

Tackling the UK’s energy efficiency problem

With the United Kingdom paying the price for a decade of policy failure on energy policy, and with ministers giving the issue insufficient attention, this report sets out how the government can learn from successes abroad and failures at home, and develop a stable, long-term...
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The Victorian Healthy Homes Program: research findings

The Victorian Healthy Homes Program was a randomised controlled trial designed to measure the impact of an energy efficiency and thermal comfort home upgrade on temperature, energy use, health and quality of life. This report outlines the findings from an evaluation of the program.
Discussion paper

Addressing rising energy bills: what could the new prime minister do?

UK households are experiencing a severe cost of living crisis. Annualised bills for a typical household are currently rapidly. The UK government has already provided some support, but more is likely to be needed. This paper lays out the government’s options.
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Power pain: an investigation of energy stress in Australia

Many people in Australia struggle to afford the energy they need for their wellbeing. This report investigates the scale of the problem of energy stress and identifies policy implications.
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Cold and costly: renter researchers' experiences of Winter 22

From 13 June to 31 July 2022, researchers tracked temperature and humidity in over 70 rental homes around Australia. The findings are summarised in this report.
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Payment difficulty framework implementation review 2022: findings report

The Essential Services Commission promotes protections for consumers experiencing vulnerability and supports access to regulated essential services for all Victorian consumers. A key objective of the commission is breaking down the barriers consumers can face when seeking information and assistance.
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Review of Ofgem's regulation of the energy supply market

This report contains the findings of an independent review in the United Kingdom, commissioned by Ofgem's Board, into the root causes of the recent supplier failures and specifically, into how regulation of the retail energy industry played a part.
Working paper

Effects of renting on household energy expenditure: evidence from Australia

This paper uses household survey data from Australia to investigate whether renters face larger energy bills than otherwise similar households. The findings cast light on the potential for more ambitious policy responses to reduce energy-related disadvantages faced by renters in Australia.
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Energy in New Zealand 21

This publication provides comprehensive information on and analysis of New Zealand's energy supply, demand and prices.
Policy report

Back of the pack: an assessment of Australia’s energy transition

Beyond the comparison with other countries, this paper indicates that Australia’s so-called ‘gas-fired economic recovery’ runs absolutely counter to the needs of Australia’s energy system transition, and would worsen, not improve, Australia’s emissions reduction performance.
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Digital energy futures: future home life

What emerging technology routines are shaping the way people live? What implications do these social practices have on the future energy needs of Australian households? The research in this report uncovers the changing digital lifestyles and emerging home trends of everyday Australians, and speculates on...
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Decarbonising homes: consumer attitudes towards energy efficiency and green heating in the UK

This report examines consumer attitudes about energy efficiency and green heating, exploring barriers to adoption, as well as possible incentives that could be tested and implemented to achieve a zero-carbon Britain.
Discussion paper

Something new under the sun

Rental properties are less likely to have solar PV installations than owner-occupied properties, resulting in higher electricity bills and greenhouse gas emissions. This paper suggests that government programs that coordinate and change the incentives faced by landlords, renters, property managers and solar installers can help...
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Sustainable building initiative

This project involved the completion of building audits of three Council owned and managed buildings to review their performance, and energy use and to identify a range of actions that could be undertaken to reduce Council expenditure on energy (electricity and gas).
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Race to the top: the case for a new U.S. international energy policy

This report recommends a new U.S. international energy policy, based on reinvesting in domestic energy competitiveness.
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Consumer protection frameworks for new energy products and services and the traditional sale of energy in Australia

The purpose of this report is to step back from the specific detail of current arrangements and focus on foundational questions around the rationales for consumer protection frameworks in the energy sector.
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Victorian energy market update: June 2020

The Essential Services Commission regularly collects data on the Victorian energy market. This report considers ordinary data from January to March 2020, and also includes more recent data collected on the impact of the coronavirus on energy consumers.
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Digital energy futures: review of industry trends, visions and scenarios for the home

Researchers from Monash University’s Emerging Technologies Research Lab have conducted an analysis of how the energy and tech sectors predict our everyday lives will change in the home of the future. Based on a review of key industry reports, this study reveals how the home...
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World Energy Issues Monitor 2020

The annual World Energy Issues Monitor provides unique insight into what energy policymakers, CEOs and leading experts identify as Critical Uncertainties and Action Priorities. Based on the analysis of over 3,000 survey responses from energy leaders in 104 countries as well as 550 responses from...
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Assessing the competitiveness and efficiency of the Victorian energy retail market

In consultation with interested stakeholders and the public, the Essential Services Commission has developed a framework and approach to help assess whether the Victorian energy retail market is delivering good value to energy consumers.