A green light for Marinus?
Sep09

A green light for Marinus?

This is a summary of the paper. You can download the full paper with references (PDF 700 kB) Summary The release of the Project Assessment Conclusions Report (PACR) for Project Marinus is an important point in the analysis of the project but it is not in itself a green light for the project to go ahead and it does not guarantee that the project is a viable investment and says nothing about how the project will be paid for. The...

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100% renewable, are we there yet?
Aug02

100% renewable, are we there yet?

[This article first appeared in the Hobart Mercury on 2 August 2021. A fuller version with references and calculations is available as a PDF.] Last November, Guy Barnett claimed that “Tasmania is now 100 per cent self-sufficient in renewable energy”. The end of the financial year is a good time to fact check this claim by comparing it with what actually happened. In summary, in 2020-2021 renewable electricity generation was less than...

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It’s nearly 2021 – don’t panic about solar rebates
Dec30

It’s nearly 2021 – don’t panic about solar rebates

Update December 2020:  This post was originally written in December 2019. The same principles apply each year until 2030. Do not be panicked into signing a contract for solar before January the first. Original post: Of the many things that will change as we enter a new decade, one thing that people shouldn’t panic about is the slight reduction in the ‘rebates’ paid on new solar installations. Some less scrupulous solar sales companies...

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Metering FAQ
Nov26

Metering FAQ

Changes to electricity metering National changes were implemented from 1 December 2017 which affect the way electricity metering is supplied and managed. The intention was to facilitate retail competition and assist the roll-out of advanced meters (aka smart meters). In Tasmania this resulted in the responsibility for the installation of new and replacement meters transferring from TasNetworks to Aurora Energy. Aurora Energy have...

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Tasmanian Solar Feed-in Tariff Review
Aug01

Tasmanian Solar Feed-in Tariff Review

Update 6 December 2018: Read our article in The Mercury “Slamming the brakes on solar” (PDFs of print and online versions) Update 21 November 2018: Read our media release on the final report of the Solar FiT Review Update 6 August 2018: Our submission Solar for Tasmania’s Future is now available for download. The state government is conducting a review of the solar feed-in tariff and submissions are due by next Monday 6...

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Energy efficiency
Mar24

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:...

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