Aurora new time-of-use tariff
Jun22

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...

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Tasmania’s energy future: fossil or renewable?
Mar07

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...

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

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...

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A new tariff option
Oct22

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...

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Tasmania heading the wrong way on renewable energy
Jul08

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...

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Scapegoating solar not the solution to our network challenges
Aug20

Scapegoating solar not the solution to our network challenges

[A shorter version of this article was published in The Mercury on 20 August 2014] It is extremely disappointing to see the new head of TasNetworks trotting out the usual anti-solar messages (The Mercury 14 August). Contrary to what is often presented in the mass media, solar PV is not predominantly owned by the wealthy and is not cross subsidised by the poor. In fact the lowest income LGA in Tasmania (Tasman) has more than twice as...

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