Category Archives: Community energy

Future energy – People want in

I gave a Western Australian audience a whirlwind tour of community energy last week. My talk below was actually much shorter, but these are all the things I wanted to say. Most importantly, I wanted to be sensitive to the … Continue reading

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Who supports community energy?

Last week 7 community energy organisations wrote to the key political parties about community energy. Everyone is making announcements in the energy policy space but do they really understand how excellent a community energy policy could be? It is not … Continue reading

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Why should parties support community energy?

South Australians spend over $2bn per year on electricity. Households and small business account for approximately 60% of that expenditure and are increasingly recognising that they can generate the same amount as their electricity needs each year by installing rooftop … Continue reading

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Our energy system is changing…

Readers of this blog will know that I think our energy future is: 100% renewable decentralised smart But what do the changes look like without the advocacy? Here are some of the trends we can see right now. Falling costs … Continue reading

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The case for community energy

In my recent talk at TEDx Adelaide I asserted that building our energy systems at a local scale: will be cheaper; will be more secure; and will be fairer. The anecdotal evidence for these assertions comes in part from my … Continue reading

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TEDxAdelaide – bigger isn’t better

Giving a TEDx talk was a wonderful experience. The speakers were so well supported by the Adelaide team and they really do put together a great show. My thanks and gratitude to everyone who was involved. I fluffed a few … Continue reading

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A Community Energy Program for Resilient Hills and Coasts

Six Councils from the Adelaide Hills to Kangaroo Island are calling for ideas for a community energy program. Victor Harbour has already run two community bulk buy programs for solar and is especially interested to see an offering that will … Continue reading

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Energy, South Australia, 2018

The barrage of announcements from various politicians reminds me daily that an election is nigh. Labor, Liberal and Xenophon have all read the public mood and remained pro-renewables. (The Greens have always been pro-renewables of course) The party energy policies … Continue reading

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Co-design, for an energy future

One of the conclusions from my Churchill Fellowship was that every place will have its own unique energy solutions and we need to do the work of understanding ours. How exactly? is a question I’ve been grappling with for the … Continue reading

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A community energy movement in Southern Adelaide

I love talking to local groups about community energy. At Marion tonight the Common Thread crowd were full of questions and discussion. And the home made soup made for a very inviting atmosphere. I gave a presentation ┬ábut when asked … Continue reading

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