Energy Insiders Podcast Special Edition

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Renewables and energy efficiency are expected to deliver the bulk of emissions reductions over the next few decades. But how do we develop policies that encourage both?

In this special edition of Energy Insiders, recorded at the National Energy Efficiency Conference, Reneweconomy Editor Giles Parkinson had three special guests to discuss this issue, the state of the energy efficiency market in Australia, the emergence of demand response, and how this should be tied in the rollout of more wind and solar.

Joining Giles were Louise Vickery, a senior program manager at the International Energy Agency, who has experience of these issues in Europe, Asia and in Australia, Matthew van der Linden, the managing director of Flow Power, which is offering renewable contracts and demand response options to business, and Rob Murray-Leach, the head of Policy, Energy Efficiency Council.

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This Special Edition of Energy Insiders is sponsored by Flow Power

This Special Edition of Energy Insiders is sponsored by Flow Power



  • Craig Allen

    Regarding the short discussion of whether smart meters were successful: it was a profoundly disappointing piece of technology.

    With the old ‘dumb’ meter at least you could take a manual reading and then 10 minutes later take another one and calculate what your usage rate was and then be able to consider what of the devices you were using was contributing to it. With the smart meter the data gets sent directly to the network provider and you are left with absolutely no information whatsoever.

    The $400 or so that it cost us was justified with the assertion that it would help us manage our power and therefore reduce our bills. This was a bare-faced lie. It reduces their costs because it saves them sending someone to read the meter, helps us not at all, but we paid for the privilege. The whole exercise just contributed to the contempt with which people hold electricity companies.

    Whatever comes next had better actually fulfil the the promises made. I for one will be very wary.

    • Tim Buckley

      Craig – the Victorian dumb meter trial was designed & destined to fail from the outset. It did nothing for consumers, except asking them to pay for it. Smart meters that allow two-way communication, assist rooftop solar + storage and accelerate consumers’ real time control of their electricity use are a a major step forward. Since Victoria’s failure, China has rolled out more than 200 million smart meters. The technology learnings of the last five years is huge, here as in most aspects of low emissions energy technology.

  • Tim Buckley

    Superb work Giles on these podcasts, really valuable for those of us doing a lot of driving. This one is great, three brilliant speakers, certainly validates all of the many ideas you write about every day. The more podcasts the better, a great way to leverage all the conferences you get to – nothing like hearing first hand from the global thought leaders.

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