Despite predictions that consumers – households and businesses – will be supplying half of all electricity needs within a few decades, the automatic reflex of the institutions that govern our electricity market remains to protect the incumbents. This needs to change.
Tag: "Electricity networks"
Batteries will supercharge the energy revolution, smoothing renewables and offering prosumers autonomy. Right now, though, the regulatory space is a bit of a Wild West.
Fight looms between retailers and networks over right to install solar and battery storage in homes, businesses. Spark Infrastructure says proposed rules “ludicrous”.
Victorian electricity networks to have revenue allowances downgraded by more than $2.3bn in 2017 – a cut that could reduce household electricity bills by up to $120 out to 2020.
Op-ed in Murdoch-owned Brisbane newspaper argues fixed network electricity fees “fairest system” for billing households. Not by a long shot.
Networks say they don’t really want to penalise people for leaving the grid. They just want to recoup their costs now, because the assets may not be so useful in the future.
Money spent on helping consumers reduce demand means less money spent on substations and other infrastructure.
Research with parents reveals that many household routines are unlikely to shift in response to cost-reflective tariffs such as time of use (TOU).
Micro-electricity producers are relatively small scale, inexpensive, and most importantly, produce little to no carbon emissions.