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Changes to Australian Standard on connecting generators

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A new version of AS/NZS 3010:2017 Electrical installations – Generating sets comes into effect in Tasmania on 8 November 2017 and CBOS will  enforce the new requirements contained within the standard from the date of commencement (download Notice of Commencement). This Standard sets out the minimum safety requirements related to the use of generating sets for the supply of electricity at low voltage, that is, not exceeding 1000 V a.c or 1500 V d.c. The Standard applies to electricity generating sets that are driven by internal combustion...

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Energy efficiency

Posted by on 10:09 am in FrontPage, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Energy efficiency

Saving energy and saving money “Saving energy and saving money” forums These were held in Launceston (4 Apr 2017) and Hobart (5 Apr 2017). You can download the flyer. Download the presentations: TREA presentation: TEELS (loan scheme), why energy efficiency, tariff options, energy audits and monitoring, solar diverters. Home Efficiency Group presentation: roof heat recovery and ducted air circulation. Mode Electrical presentation: on-grid and off-grid solar plus battery options, heat pumps, containerised solar power system for a hospital in...

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Aurora new time-of-use tariff

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Aurora new time-of-use tariff

Update 10 Jan 2017. Note that these tariffs are in AEST (ie do not follow daylight saving changes). See official Aurora page for details of these tariffs. Aurora Energy will introduce two new time-of-use tariffs, from 1 July 2016 on an opt-in basis. One for residential customers and one for small business customers. The new residential Tariff 93 will have two price periods: peak (31.31c/kWh) 7-10am and 4-9pm Monday to Friday, all other times, including all weekend are off-peak (14.58c/kWh). The new small business Tariff 94 will have three...

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Tasmania’s energy future: fossil or renewable?

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Tasmania’s energy future: fossil or renewable?

The current Tasmanian energy crisis confronts us with a start choice for the energy future of Tasmania, either a retreat to fossil fuels, or an opportunity to take immediate action to ensure that the state has a future powered by renewable energy. Tasmania’s hydro dam levels have dropped every year since the 2012 peak of 62%. Spring 2015 saw inflows fall to less than half of the previous lowest record for that period, resulting in capacity at 25% on 20 December 2015. On that date the Basslink cable, which had been importing 40% of the...

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Support a fair go for solar in Tasmania – petitions close 3 November

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Please sign our e-petitions to the Tasmanian House of Assembly and Legislative Council.* These petitions close on 3 November. By signing these formal e-petitions, your concerns will be tabled in Parliament and the government will be obliged to give a formal response. Many Tasmanians want to contribute to a renewable powered future by investing in solar PV but the solar industry has been undermined by repeated drops in the feed-in tariff and unfair metering that does not fully reward solar owners for the electricity they export. Despite its...

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A new tariff option

Posted by on 11:12 am in FrontPage, Policy | 0 comments

A new tariff option

TasNetworks is proposing the introduction of an opt-in ‘demand time of use’ tariff for residential and small business customers starting from July 2017. The new tariff is likely to be of most benefit to customers who can manage the time of their energy use. It may also allow customers with on-grid battery systems to manage their energy costs by storing grid or solar PV energy and using it to reduce peak time consumption. Background TasNetworks is currently working on its Distribution Determination for the period July 2017 to June 2019....

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TREA AGM 29 Oct 2015

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TREA AGM 29 Oct 2015

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance Inc. will be held at 6pm on Thursday 29 October 2015 in The Chapel, New Sydney Hotel, Bathurst Street, Hobart.  Door prize thanks to SolarSpec: one lucky attendee will win a door prize pack from SolarSpec, contains two DC Isolators, wide-brimmed hat and t-shirt, total value of $150. The business of the annual general meeting is to: elect the officers of the Association and the ordinary committee members, confirm the minutes of the last preceding annual general meeting...

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Tasmania heading the wrong way on renewable energy

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Tasmania heading the wrong way on renewable energy

Despite its abundant natural resources of hydro, wind and solar and its renewable energy infrastructure, Tasmania has joined the rest of Australia in doing a U-turn away from a sustainable future. Figures provided to TREA by Melbourne Energy Institute[1] show that in the financial year just ended, Tasmania spent $34m more buying dirty brown-coal fired electricity from Victorian than it earned exporting renewable energy to the mainland. In the previous two year, Tasmania was a net exporter of electricity. The mechanisms behind this are...

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Boom and bust in the solar industry in Tasmania

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Boom and bust in the solar industry in Tasmania

As at 7 April 2015 there are over 24,600 solar PV installations in Tasmania with a total installed capacity of over 83 MW. Boom and bust cycles are a constant in the solar industry due to the way changes in government policy are implemented. The recent experience in Tasmania reflects this.  Analysis by the Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance shows there are now less than 200 new installations a month, compared with around 500 a month before the feed-in tariff changed in August 2013.   On 18 August 2013 the state government announced that...

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Solar Impulse – free documentary

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Solar Impulse – free documentary

The Wings of the Sun Free Screening (Suitable for all ages) 6.30PM for 7PM Tuesday 24th March, 2015 At the Dechaineux Theatre (Next to Henry Jones Art Hotel) UTAS School of Art, Hunter St, Hobart Come and see the screening of the fascinating documentary ‘The Wings of the Sun’ which shows the construction and testing of the record-breaking ‘Solar Impulse’ solar-powered aircraft that flew across America in 2013. This is in support of the current attempt by pilots André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard to fly its successor, ‘Solar Impulse 2’ and...

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