Help For Consumers impacted by COVID-19

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has issued the following announcement extending the expectations for support for customers to 31st March, 2021: Support is available for residential and small businesses customers experiencing financial stress as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, in line with the AER’s Statement of Expectations of energy businesses: Protecting customers and the energy market during COVID-19. Call… more

ERM Power Rebrand

You may or may not be aware that ERM Power was acquired by Shell? ERM is now in the process of rebranding as Shell Energy and from February/March the new brand will have been implemented. What does this mean for ERM Power customers? Well, nothing really, other than updating your Accounts Payable Systems with the new name… more

HVAC Pre-Cooling

We all know it happens, those super hot days the HVAC gets a work out and often struggles to cool areas effectively.  Demand spikes and consumption skyrockets! Astute customers looking to improve their energy efficiency and achieve electricity cost reductions are implementing misting systems to pre-cool the HVAC.  These systems work on central plant with chillers, and… more

Demand Response and Reduction

Demand and Capacity Charges make up a significant portion of your electricity invoice, if you review you will see that it can often account for roughly 25% of your total bill.  Networks have gradually transitioned their tariff structures to focus more on Demand and less on consumption, as this dictates the capacity of the network they need… more

Commission Based Brokerage

Financial comparison site iSelect has been ordered to pay $8.5million as it misled customers choosing electricity plans.  They have admitted that their commercial arrangements with electricity retailers restricted the plans available to customers, meaning that the recommended plan was not necessarily the best price. ACCC Chair Rod Sims was quoted as saying “about 38 per cent of… more

AER – State Of The Energy Market 2020

Most people probably don’t have the time or inclination to read the report State Of The Energy Market 2020 from the Australian Energy Market Operator.  Here is their Snapshot on the National Energy Market:   As ageing coal generators exit the market, over 93 per cent of investment since 2012–13 has been in wind and solar plant,… more

Prepare for Summer peaks in energy usage now?

Don’t wait until Summer to look at your electricity invoices and wonder what you could do to reduce them.  Act now! Negawatt Energy Solutions has a range of options for reducing your energy consumption during the warmer months when air conditioning often becomes your highest energy consumer.  Pre-cooling solutions on HVAC using misting technology is proving to… more

What is Power Factor and Why does it Matter?

  In recent years, many networks have changed the way that they charge for Demand and Capacity.  Your network tariff has changed the Demand component from being charged on the basis of kW, to being charged on the basis of kVa.  This means that if you have poor Power Factor, your electricity costs are higher than they… more

Purification and Treatment of HVAC

With COVID-19 not looking like going anywhere, we have been asked about the availability of HVAC treatment systems to minimise the risks of exposure in Corporate, Hospitality and Retail Environments.  We have been looking at an air purification system for HVAC, it sits in the ducts to filter and sanitise, and can be programmed to sterilise areas… more

Electricity Market Update

Pricing over recent months has been extremely low, with retail pricing dropping by over 40% from January highs.  These reductions have been in part due to previously unavailable generation assets coming back on-line, but largely due to reduced demand from COVID-19 shutdowns and non-essential business closures. The traditional “winter spike” in demand has largely been insignificant so… more