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Is local electricity cheaper?

Is local electricity cheaper? I believe it is, and I believe we need to price the system to move it toward this outcome. I’ve written about this topic before – Here and Here, so let’s explore. We have huge centralised … Continue reading

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One small change to delight those who walk around our city

Every few months I get a bee in my bonnet about the settings on the pedestrian signal at a traffic light. Most recently I watched two big groups wait through a whole cycle of lights just outside the Piccadily cinema. … Continue reading

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Could we make electricity free?

This draft blog was 18months old but as I’ve just revisited the topic, I decided to finally publish it as a basis for thinking about electricity prices. I believe that we should make our electricity free (or almost free) at … Continue reading

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Pricing the Electricity Network

[Post originally drafted 2 years ago, on the basis of my recent post, and discovery of this one, I’ve decided to publish this one too] How should we share the costs of our electricity grid? – both now and in … Continue reading

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Communities creating power across the world

I had a great opportunity to talk to the Sustainability Connectors this evening – about my Churchill Fellowship, about community energy taking off in Australia and about creating a flex market in South Australia through my new role at Tempus … Continue reading

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Ways to value work

I was challenged this week to put my work onto a commercial basis. “If you can’t define where the salary will come from, you will come to resent all the volunteer work you are doing”. I pushed back, “maybe the … Continue reading

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Was this Adelaide’s ‘Superstorm Sandy’ moment?

On Wednesday evening a significant storm took out the entire South Australian electricity grid. Most suburbs were blacked out for at least 4 hours, businesses closed and traffic snarled slowly home as it navigated a city in darkness without traffic … Continue reading

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A visit to Coop Power

On Wednesday I was hosted by Lynn Benander at Coop Power in western Massachusetts. I gave a talk to a great bunch of coop members and active citizens in the local Climate Action Now chapter. It was very interactive – … Continue reading

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Australian Community Energy

Following this excellent Guardian article by Matt Charles-Jones, I thought it worth summarising the best examples of community energy in Australia. A core group of people need to be credited with the foresight to build a backbone organisation for community … Continue reading

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Imagining a Low Carbon Economy

Our economy is interlinked with our energy consumption – intimately. The Oil Crisis of the 70’s triggered a scramble of activity in Energy Departments around the world. Suddenly energy security could not be taken for granted and energy efficiency was … Continue reading

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